London, Aug 15 (IANS) Indian all-rounder Deepti Sharma rang the customary five-minute bell at Lord’s on Sunday ahead of the fourth day’s play between India and England. She has also become the first Indian women’s cricketer to ring the bell at Lord’s.
“Stay tuned for start of Day four of the second #ENGvIND Test as #TeamIndia all-rounder @Deepti_Sharma06 will ring the bell at Lord’s,” tweeted Indian women’s cricket team handle.
The 23-year-old Deepti has represented India in 61 ODIs, scoring 1541 runs at an average of 37.58 and picked 68 wickets. In 54 T20Is, she made 470 runs at an average of 20.43 and scalped 56 wickets.
In June this year, Deepti made her Test debut against England at Bristol and made 54 runs in the second innings in the drawn match. Currently playing for London Spirit in The Hundred, Deepti has scored 77 runs in seven matches and claimed eight wickets.
Deepti became the second Indian to ring the bell during the ongoing Test match after former Indian wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer did the honours on day three. Former England all-rounder Enid Bakewell opened the proceedings on day one by ringing the bell.
Former England captain Andrew Strauss, along with children who had benefitted from the work of the Ruth Strauss Foundation on ‘Red for Ruth’ day, rung the bell on the second day of the Test match.