India woman cricketer Deepti Sharma on Monday etched her name in the record books as she recorded the highest individual score for India in women's One-day Internationals. The 19-year-old achieved the milestone during a Women's Quadrangular Series ODI match against Ireland at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom, South Africa. She sent the Irish bowling on a leather hunt with a magnificent 188 off 160 balls. Her 160-ball entertaining knock was studded with 27 boundaries and 2 sixes.
Overall, she is just behind Australia's Belinda Clark, who scored an unbeaten 229 against Denmark during a Women's World Cup match in 1997 in Mumbai.
Deepti Sharma's 188 vs Ireland @ Potchefstroom is now the 2nd highest score in women's ODI after Belinda Clark's 229* v Denmark in 1997— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 15, 2017
Deepti, who missed out on a double-century by just 12 runs, is also now the youngest (19 years and 264 days) to score 175-plus runs in an ODI innings, for both men and women.
Deepti, along with Poonam Raut, who scored a fine 109 off 116 balls, became the first pair to share a 300-run stand in women's ODIs.
The previous best was between England's Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins, who stitched together 268 runs for the opening wicket against South Africa in 2008 at Lord's.
India women openers Deepti Sharma 188 & Poonam Raut 109 has put a record 320 1st wkt stand (also for any wkt!) in ODIs v Ire @ Potchefstroom— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 15, 2017
ODIs - 1st wkt record— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 15, 2017
Men's: 286 - Upul Tharanga & Sanath Jayasuriya v Eng in 2006
Women's: 320 - Deepti Sharma & Poonam Raut v Ire today
After India won the toss, Deepti and Poonam took India to a mammoth 358/3, their highest in women's ODIs.