Indian women’s cricketer Deepti Sharma expressed her gratitude at being nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named the 22-year old for the same alongside Ishant Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan from the men’s team. All-rounder Deepti Sharma is a vital cog in the Indian women’s side, having made her international debut in 2014.
Deepti Sharma holds the highest individual score in ODIs by a woman from India with 188. The knock of 188 came against Ireland in May 2017 in Potchefstroom as India coasted to a 249-victory. She is also the Indian spinner to take six wickets in a women’s ODI game. The Uttar Pradesh-born cricketer also economical in the tournament opener against Australia in the 2020 T20 World Cup, giving away 17 runs in four overs.
In the match against Sri Lanka, Deepti Sharma conceded 16 runs in her full quota by plucking one wicket. She ended the competition by giving away four scalps in five games at an economy rate of 7.42. Shikha Pandey joined Deepti amongst the nominees for Arjuna Award while Indian men’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma received a nomination for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
Deepti Sharma takes to Twitter to express her gratitude:
The 22-year old posted a message in her official Twitter handle, thanking her coaches, mentors, and the entire team for supporting her throughout the journey. She concluded by saying that moving forward; she would give the same level of performances.
“I’m extremely grateful to be nominated by the @BCCI for the Arjuna Award. Would like to thank all my coaches, mentors, and the team for supporting me through the journey. Will keep giving my best.” Deepti’ Sharma tweeted.
I'm extremely grateful to be nominated by the @BCCI for the Arjuna award.
Would like to thank all my coaches, mentors and the team for supporting me through the journey. Will keep giving my best! pic.twitter.com/V8I9ieqoMk
— Deepti Sharma (@Deepti_Sharma06) June 1, 2020