Deepa is an ideal One-day bowler

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Friday, December 1, 2000, 18:15 [IST]
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Bangalore: The Indian spin quartet holds the key to India's much sought after bid to be crowned champions of the World. Left-arm spinner Deepa Kulkarni of Indian Railways, for one, will have to play a telling role if India have to realise this long cherished dream.

Deepa, who does not fall in the mould of an orthodox left-arm spinner, is nevertheless a very sticky customer. Although she does not derive much turn she has the tendency to skid the ball off the surface. Her swiftness through the air and her nagging accuracy makes her an ideal One-day bowler. The pressure she creates at one end often results in wickets at the other end.

That apart she is an outstanding fielder and off late has shown a marked improvement with her batting in the domestic season. Given an opportunity she could more than make amends for that dreaded day when Deepa, many thought, had failed to score that final run against New Zealand in the last league encounter of the 1997 World Cup, which would have seen India take on England instead of Australia in the semi-final.

Deepa has come a long way since the last World Cup. She has matured as a cricketer and the added exposure of the England series will do her a world of good.

Basically Deepa Kulkarni is a hard worker and drains in a lot of effort towards her game. Dwelling in the busy city of Mumbai she travels almost an hour in order to reach her practice place. After which, she attends office and by the time she reaches home it is late in the evening. But such is her dedication that despite her taxing schedule she is hardly found to have missed a practice session.

One wishes her all the best in her efforts to bring glory to the nation.

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