Deepti’s Stellar Performance Guides India Women to Historic Test Victory Over England, Breaking World Record
In a monumental achievement, the Indian women’s team clinched an unprecedented 347-run victory against England in a solitary Test at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium, marking their inaugural home win. Spearheading this historic triumph was Deepti Sharma, who delivered a phenomenal performance, claiming a remarkable 9-wicket haul. This victory etched a new record in women’s Test cricket, surpassing Sri Lanka’s 1998 309-run win over Pakistan. Notably, this win ended India’s 15-Test winless streak against England at home, setting the stage for their forthcoming one-off Test against Australia.
Deepti Sharma made significant contributions, initially batting a composed 67 off 113 balls in India’s first innings total of 428. Her impact escalated as she dismantled the England lineup, registering exceptional figures of 5.3-4-7-5, granting India a commanding 292-run lead. Continuing her dominance, Deepti secured 4/32 in the second innings, narrowly missing the chance to emulate Jhulan Goswami’s feat of a 10-wicket match haul.
Sharing her post-match sentiments, Deepti Sharma attributed her success to readiness, adaptability to pitch conditions, and guidance from Harmanpreet Kaur. She expressed the team’s determination to sustain this momentum into the subsequent Test.
India’s dominance was evident as they bundled out England for 131 within 27.3 overs on Day 3, claiming all 10 wickets in the first session. The Heather Knight-led side struggled, enduring a mere 63 overs across the match and posting 136 runs in the first innings.
Setting a daunting target of 479, India, led by Harmanpreet Kaur, showcased their prowess.
Despite a promising start by England’s openers Tammy Beaumont and Sophia Dunkley, the deadlock broke when Renuka Singh and Sneh Rana dismissed Beaumont. Pooja Vastrakar’s double strike further crippled England, dismissing Dunkley and Nat Sciver-Brunt.
Deepti Sharma’s masterful display persisted, pairing with Rajeshwari Gayakwad to stifle England’s progress. While narrowly missing the feat of claiming 10 wickets, Deepti’s influence was undeniable, playing a pivotal role alongside Gayakwad.
Gayakwad contributed significantly, securing crucial dismissals, including Sophie Ecclestone and Lauren Bell. Amidst celebrating the successes of debutants Shubha Satheesh, Rodrigues, and Renuka, the news of Shubha’s sidelining due to a fractured finger on the second and third days slightly dampened India’s otherwise perfect outing