Indian women cricketer “Deepti Sharma” is among 29 sportspeople, who conquered the “Arjuna Award” on August 29, 2020.
And award holder’s name announced by President “Ram Nath Kovind” virtually due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Who is She?
Deepti Bhagwan Sharma born on 24 August 1997 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. She is a cricketer who plays for the Indian women’s national cricket team.
She is an all-rounder player who bats Left-handed and bowls right-arm off break and currently ranked 4th among the top all-rounders within the ICC Cricket Rankings.
Deepti Sharma the third-highest individual cricketer in ODIs to score (188 runs).
What is her background? how she got so much fond of Cricket?
Deepti Sharma is the youngest daughter of Sushilaa and Bhagwan Sharma. Her father may be a retired chief booking supervisor with the Indian Railways.
She developed an interest in the game of cricket at an early age of 9.
Deepti would ask her father to request her brother Sumit Sharma, a former Uttar Pradesh pacer, to require her to the bottom and watch the net practices and other matches.
During a net practice that involved her brother and his teammates at the “Ekalavya Sports Stadium”, Where she was asked to throw the ball back.
The ball hit the stumps on an immediate throw from 50 Meters distance.
This was spotted by then India’s national women’s team selector, “Hemlata Kala” and it had been the turning point of her life.
What are her achievements?
- 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Runner up
- June 2018, she was awarded the Jagmohan Dalmiya Trophy For the Best Domestic Senior Women’s Cricketer by the Board of Control for Cricket.
- June 2019, she was signed up to play for the Western Storm within the Kia Super League.
- October 2018, she was named in India’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament within the West Indies.
- January 2020, she got named in India’s squad for the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. and also conquered the “Arjuna Award” in August 2020.
Deepti may be a part of an elite club of under-20 players with 150s to their names which no has male cricketer has done so far. She is the only woman on this team.
How much she earns ?
Deepti Sharma is categorized as a grade B player according to BCCI’s latest central contract system BCCI. As a result, she earns Rs 30 lakhs per annum for featuring in the Indian national side.
What is The Arjuna Award?
The Arjuna Award, officially known as Arjuna Awards for Outstanding Performance in Sports and Games is the sports honor of the Republic of India. The award is named after arjuna the character from the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata. He was one of the Pandavas, he was a skilled archer and he also won the hand of Draupadi in marriage, and Lord Krishna becomes his charioteer teaching him the sacred knowledge of Gita in Kurukshetra. he has been seen as a symbol of hard work in Indian mythology, dedication, and concentration. It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The award is given only in disciplines falling under the following categories after the year 2001:
Asian Games / Commonwealth Games/Olympic games / World Championship Disciplines and Cricket/ world cup
Sports for the Physically Challenged.
What She Said and reacted After Getting “Arjuna Award 2020”?
Deepti Sharma was over the moon with the enormous honor and has came a long way since her cricketing journey started at “Eklavya Sports Complex“.
Deepti quoted, “I worked hard from the very beginning and my family always supported me throughout. I was expecting it and today I received it. It’s a very proud moment for me.”
Speaking about what it means to win such an award and her future plans, she said, “After this, the player’s responsibility increases to do even better for the country. It was my dream to urge my name added within the list of the recipient of this award.”