Deepti Sharma was at her best against the West Indies, taking three wickets for 15 runs in her four overs after having a very disappointing performance in India’s Women’s T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan. The Hayley Matthews-led team was held to just 118 runs after 20 overs thanks to her excellent bowling, and the Indian hitters in the second innings easily chased it down.
Reema Malhotra, a former India international, praised Deepti when reviewing the game and dubbed her the team’s most effective bowler. She also praised Deepti for being a smart bowler and for handling stress effectively in the middle. “She is India’s most successful bowler. You should see the pace at which she bowls and the line as well, she knows how to handle pressure. We talk about fearless batters, she is a fearless bowler. As a spinner, you should watch her loop and change of pace, this is Deepti Sharma’s strength,” said Malhotra during a discussion on Star Sports.
Former cricketer and the current head coach of Mumbai in domestic cricket, Amol Mazumdar believes that the all-rounder is an essential element of the Indian side. He said the 25-year-old is a bowler who can bowl in both the powerplay and the death overs and can handle a lot of responsibilities.
“I feel Deepti Sharma is an extremely vital cog in this Indian team. The responsibility has been thrown at her, she bowls the first or the second over at times, and today she bowled the last over at the death – the 20th over,” said Amol Mazumdar as quoted by Sportskeeda. “It means this team management has given her responsibility and she is responding well. I feel she is very crucial for India and I congratulate her for reaching the 100-wicket mark,” the 48-year-old said. Notably, UP Warriorz has purchased the all-around player for the Women’s Premier League’s inaugural season (WPL).