WPL 2024: A Transformed Deepti Sharma Can Be A Boost For Team India

Deepti Sharma WPL 2024
Deepti Sharma

WPL 2024: All-rounder Deepti Sharma has been phenomenal this year at the WPL delivering some special performances for the team. With her class batting, her off-spin bowling has often come in handy to the team helping them win big matches and defend small targets.

Until this year, Deepti had a total of 13 half centuries, with one century in her record. This year for the UP Warriorz, Deepti has been seen unearthing her best talent, putting forward her finest foot, she has been able to catch the eyes of all.

Although the UP Warriorz haven’t had the best season so far, Deepti’s indelible performance has been one positive news not only to the UP Warriorz but also to the Indian National team. Her incredible knock of 88 not out off just 60 deliveries, was evident enough for her striking ability and power batting performance.

While the season is on the ledge of wrap-up, Deepti stands tall with an Orange Cap for her 295 runs in the season and is the second-best bowler with 10 wickets so far.

Here are some transformations in WPL 2024 that are visible in the game of Deepti Sharma followed by how they will benefit Team India in the upcoming months:

  • Leading small starts to big scores

Deepti’s batting has transformed on a reliable front. She now holds the power to transform slow, small starts to big ones, with her exceptional reliability. Her 5 not-outs in 8 games and 3 consecutive half-centuries have been remarkable, showcasing her hunger for transforming small scores into big ones.

Her averages have scaled high from 23.6 to 98.33 this season of WPL. Her consistent performance has made her one of the finest batters of the WPL.

  • Power hitting

Deepti has often been criticised for her strike rate. Being an all-rounder, she has not been able to showcase impressive strokes that often. Her consistency was never an issue, but her low strike rate was always a concern.

But in this season, she has been phenomenal, with 8 maximum hits. Her sixes per ball ratio is five times more than her initial days. From 104, her strike rate has escalated to 136, which is an impressive high.

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  • ‘Never Say Die’ attitude

Deepti has played a crucial role for the team as a saviour in the last few overs. Her never-say-die attitude has helped her remain stern on the field. She is now seen clutching some crucial moments with bat and ball, which has been quite the opposite of her previous behaviour on the field.

When the team needed 64 off 56 deliveries against Mumbai Indians, Deepti helped the team win, batting at the 5th position and scoring 27 runs. Her reliability has gained her the ability to change games in the last few overs. Her 59 runs’ contribution off 48 deliveries was unforgettable against the Delhi Capitals. She singlehandedly led the team to a decent total.

Her three wickets against DC and the best hat trick of 4/19 in the history of WPL have gained her immense popularity, with all eyes on her as she now rejoins the Indian cricket team.

With the national side, Deepti is expected to keep up her performance. She will add value to the team by shedding a positive impact on these areas of the national squad ahead of the T20 international.

  • A deep batting side for India

With Deepti’s transforming batting performances, the Indian side can rest assured of having a deep batting side. Her strike rate, reliability and consistency are all keys to the Indian batting side.

With Jemimah Rodrigues, Harmanpreet Kaur and Richa Ghosh on sides, Deepti too can bat at No.6 which provides more options for the Indian team. This strengthens the batting side.

  • Adding on to Richa Ghosh

Richa Ghosh is another young Indian all-rounder who has shone with bright colours at the WPL for the RCB. Her game in the last few overs have been as impressive as Deepti’s.

If the two players play together for India in the last overs, their power-hitting and reliability can turn the tables for the Indian side. Their pair can be one of the best finishing pairs in the history of Indian cricket.

  • Big name for the T20 World Cup

With the World Cup lining up, the Indian team must prep with all its might. The ICC T20 World Cup is set to be held in September 2024, in Bangladesh. Spinners will add great value to the bowling side, especially Deepti with her transformative ability.

Her batting too, can add feathers to the Indian side, bringing some ray of hope and confidence to the side facing a massive ICC trophy drought.

Deepti’s transformation must be hailed and her confidence must be maintained to see the player shine in all dimensions of cricket. Her regained ability and brilliance must be conserved for future gains.

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