India’s accomplished all-rounder, Deepti Sharma, has added another feather to her cap as she was appointed Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) by the Uttar Pradesh government. The 26-year-old cricketer, known for her consistent performances, was honored by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who presented her with the prestigious title along with a cash prize of INR 3 crore.
Deepti Sharma’s remarkable journey to success originated in the modest neighborhood of Awadhpuri in Agra, where she honed her cricketing skills alongside local talents such as Deepak Chahar. Making her international debut in 2014, Deepti has since become a stalwart in the national squad, featuring in 194 matches and claiming 229 wickets.
Deepti Sharma adept batting skills have been instrumental in crucial moments, notably contributing to India’s success in the Women’s Asia Cup in 2018 and 2022. Having clinched a gold medal at the Asian Games in China and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Deepti Sharma’s outstanding all-around performance earned her the prestigious ICC ‘Player of the Month’ title in December 2023.
Humbled by the Chief Minister of UP @myogiadityanath recognized for excellence in the Asian Games and my appointment as DSP in UP Police. Forever grateful. 🙏✨🧡 #Asiangames2023 #Upgovernment #Award #DSP #gratefull #DS6 pic.twitter.com/G0TbtAfKnA
— Deepti Sharma (@Deepti_Sharma06) January 29, 2024
She became the second Indian woman cricketer to receive this accolade, showcasing her consistent excellence. In the recent ODI series against Australia, Deepti showcased her prowess as she emerged as the joint-leading wicket-taker alongside Georgia Wareham.
Climbing to the second spot in the ICC Women’s T20I bowling rankings, she now shares the position with Pakistan’s Sadia Iqbal. Meanwhile, Australia’s Beth Mooney secured the top spot in the T20I batter’s rankings after delivering two impressive half-centuries against India.
Expressing her gratitude, Deepti Sharma emphasized her commitment to promoting women’s cricket in India and beyond. With her exemplary achievements both on and off the cricket field, Deepti continues to be a source of inspiration for aspiring cricketers and a symbol of women’s empowerment in the country.