Deepti Sharma, who played a significant role in helping India win the second T20 against England, said that she loves playing in pressure situations. As an all-rounder, Sharma expressed her desire to contribute to all departments of the game.
In the second T20I between India and England at Ground Hove on Sunday, batting first, India set up a target of 149 runs. Chasing the total, England, at one stage, were cruising with Tammy Beaumont (59) and Heather Night (30) at the crease. However, Sharma claimed accounted for both the wickets in successive deliveries to bring India back into the game.
“I like playing in pressure situations, whether it is in any position in the team – batting, bowling, or fielding. As an all-rounder, I just want to contribute to my department and take the team forward,” Deepti said during the post-match virtual press conference.
“I like leading from the front, like in domestic tournaments when I play like a senior player and win matches for my team, that gives me different confidence.
“When you bring that confidence here, of course, this platform is not easy but it depends on how you handle it. I now know how to read and handle situations, so I find it easy to play because I know I can handle things easily now,” she added.
Deepti Sharma finished with figures of 1 of 18 and a run-out in the game. With the bat, she scored a much-needed 24 runs off 27 balls. Her all-around performance helped her win the Player of the Match award, as India registered an 8-run victory. India won the second T20 by 8 runs to level the series 1-1. The third and final T20 international between India and England will be played on Wednesday.