On Wednesday, Deepti Sharma made history by becoming the first Indian cricketer to record 100 wickets in T20 play (February 15). The great off-spinner made history by taking three wickets against the West Indies in India’s current ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 match at Newlands, Cape Town.
The 25-year-old right-arm off-spinner took her 100th wicket in the shortest format when she dismissed Afy Fletcher in the final over of the innings. In India’s second encounter in the tournament, she recorded three for 15 to help bowl the Caribbean team out for just 118/6 while bowling first. Renuka Singh and Pooja Vastrakar each claimed one wicket, and Stafanie Taylor led the West Indies in runs with 42 from 40.
India’s leading wicket-taker in became Deepti inT20 with the second wicket of the match for veteran batswoman Stafanie Taylor. Poonam Yadav, a senior leg-spinner with 98 wickets from 72 T20 matches, was overtaken by her. Yuzvedra Chahal leads India’s bowling attack in men’s T20 cricket with 91 wickets, followed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar with 90.
Anisa Mohammed, a seasoned West Indies spinner who last competed in an international T20 match in September 2021, continues to lead the field with 125 wickets in 117 T20. In just 87 T20 innings, Deepti has amassed 100 wickets with an economy rate of 6.10 and an average of 19.07. She is currently ranked first among bowlers in the ICC T20 rankings for India and second among all-rounders in the ICC Women’s T20 rankings.
Deepti is likewise nearing91 wickets in 80 innings at an average of 30.01 and an economy rate of 4.18 helped the bowler reach the 100-wicket mark in ODIs. Rajeshwari Gayakwad, the active cricketer with the most ODI wickets for India, is only eight wickets behind her in the standings.