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All-rounder Deepti Sharma starts training for Women’s World T20 2018

The left-hander praised her skipper Mithali Raj and senior pacer Jhulan Goswami for helping her throughout the all-important tournament.

Deepti Sharma
Deepti Sharma of India. (Photo by Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

The Indian Women’s cricket team had a dream run in the recently concluded Women’s World Cup in England. The girls played the event with pride and honour. The eves successfully qualified for the finals but fell just 9 runs short of the historic title. All the members of the team surely deserve some rest after a tough and busy schedule.

19-year old all-rounder Deepti Sharma performed incredibly with both bat and ball in the long event. However, the talented youngster has started with her regular training in Agra.

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Main aim is 2018 World T20

Deepti received warm appreciations and felicitations from the local authorities in Agra. She resumed her training with the wet tennis balls from July 31 at her elder brother’s Academy under the guidance of coach Bipin Avasthi. “Now my aim is to make India champion in the T20I World Cup, scheduled to be held next year. And in a bid to prepare for the shorter format of the game, I have started batting with wet tennis ball in the camp,” said Deepti in a phone conversation with One India.

“The boys are throwing wet tennis balls to me and I am batting against those balls. In T20 cricket you will not have time. You must have to score fast. At the same time, you will also have to bowl with accuracy. That is why you have to change your technique as well as temperament. And I have started it. So, let us see,” she added.

Important not to get carried away

The women’s team finished as the runners-up in the WWC 2017. Their great performance does not deny the fact that they couldn’t get their hands on the desired trophy, stated Deepti’s elder brother Sumit. He once left a stable job only to set up a proper cricket academy for his sister. Sumit was proud of her and the other members of the Women’s team, but also reminded her not to get carried away with the celebrations.

“I have asked Deepti not to get swayed with the celebration. I have reminded her that it has been great seeing them being the runner ups. Still it is a fact that they have not won the desired trophy. Therefore, the time to be jubilant has not come yet,” Sumit said.

Both Mithali and Jhulan are encouraging

The left-hander praised her skipper Mithali Raj and senior pacer Jhulan Goswami for helping her throughout the big tournament. “This was my first tour to England. Moreover, I have not played in front of such a huge crowd before. But Mithali and Jhulan were so encouraging that I never felt the mental pressure,” concluded Deepti.

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