Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

All-rounder Deepti Sharma put up an outstanding performance to help India register a dominant and historic 347-run victory against England in the one-off Test.

In addition to notching up a half-century with the bat, Deepti also showcased her bowling prowess by taking nine wickets in the match, ultimately finishing with impressive match figures of 9/39. These figures now stand as the second-best in Women’s Test history by an Indian player.

Deepti Sharma’s combined figures of 9/39 in the match now stands as the second-best performance by an Indian in this format. Notably, Jhulan Goswami is the only Indian women’s cricketer to take a 10-wicket match haul. Goswami registered remarkable match-winning figures of 10 for 78 against England in 2006.

Deepti Sharma’s impressive bowling figures of 5/7 in England’s first innings rank as the second-best performance by an Indian bowler in Women’s Tests against England. She follows Neetu David, who secured the top spot with her exceptional figures of 8/53 against England in 1995. Purnima Rau holds the third position with her noteworthy 5/24 in 1999 at Shenley. 

Notably, Jhulan Goswami, the former pacer, achieved all three of her Test five-wicket hauls against England, adding to the significance of Indian bowlers’ historical performances against the English side.

Moreover, Deepti scripted a unique record in the first innings of the match. She raced to a five-wicket-haul in just 33 balls handing Deepti a remarkable feat. Completing a five-wicket haul in just 5.3 overs marks the shortest spell in women’s Test innings. The previous record was held by Gargi Banerjee, who achieved a six-for against New Zealand in 1985 with 9.4 overs.