Indian women’s cricketer Deepti Sharma was one of the many to receive the Arjuna Award on Saturday for her outstanding achievement in the sport. In her brief career, Deepti Sharma has accumulated a truckload of runs as well as picked up wickets. Indian pace bowler Ishant Sharma was the only other cricketer to lift the Arjuna Award this time.
So far, Deepti Sharma has featured in 54 ODIs and 48 T20Is, scoring more than 800 runs across formats. In 54 ODIs, she has 1417 runs alongside a high score of 188 with a century and ten fifties. While Deepti’s batting credentials are not as impressive in the shortest format, she has made it up for the wickets. The 23-year old has 53 scalps at 19.37 apiece while maintaining an economy rate of 5.95.
Deepti Sharma underlined she worked hard from the beginning and highlighted her family’s support in it. Deepti added that she has been waiting for this moment eagerly and feels proud to have accomplished it.
“I have worked hard from the very beginning and my family has also supported throughout. I was waiting for this day and today I received it. It is a very proud moment for me,” Sharma told ANI.
Deepti Sharma aware of the increase in responsibility moving forward:
The Uttar Pradesh-born cricketer further said that getting this award enhances their responsibilities and that a player is motivated to do better. Deepti admitted that she has met the cricketers, who were also the recipients of the Arjuna Award and felt thrilled.
“After getting this award, the responsibility of every player increases and they get motivated to perform better for the country. It was a dream of mine to get my name added in the list of the recipients of this award Whoever represents the country, if our name also gets mentioned, it feels good . I have met the cricketers and it feels really good,” the 23-year old added.