The Talented Wicket Keeper – Anagha Deshpande


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Anagha Deshpande is a cricketer from India. She was born in Solapur, Maharashtra, on November 19, 1985. She is a right handed batsman and played as a wicket keeper for the team. She has represented India Blue Women, India Under-21 Women, and India Women cricket teams.

Anagha Deshpande has represented India in 23 women’s One Day Internationals and 8 Twenty20 Internationals. Deshpande has previously led senior women’s teams for Maharashtra, Railways, Gujarat, and Puducherry. In 2020, she declared her retirement. She was chosen as coach of the Uttarakhand women’s U-16 and U-19 teams by the Uttarakhand Cricket Association (UCA) in June 2020.

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Career matches

Anagha Deshpande made her big domestic debut in the  Senior Women’s inter State One Day Competition for the Inter-State Women’s One Day Competition 2011/12. She played for the Maharashtra women team and faced the Surashtra team. The Maharashtra team amassed 325 runs for 6 wickets. Deshpande scored 55 runs with a strike rate of 78.57. The Maharashtra team won the match by 184 runs and Smrithi Mandhana was declared the MVP of the match.

Deshpande made her ODI debut for the Indian women team with Snehal Pradhan against the Pakistan women team. The two teams faced off on May 9, 2008, for the Women’s Asia Cup. Anagha scored a total of 38 runs. Hitting twelve 4s off of her bat, she had a strike rate of 69.09. The Indian team amassed a total of 283 runs while the Pakistan team closed their fight for 76 runs. The Indian team won the match by 207 runs.

Anagha Deshpande’s last ODI match was against the Sri Lankan women team during the Sri Lanka Women tour of India. The match was held in Vishakapatnam on Jan 23 2014.She played a top orde batsman and scored 24 runs with a strike rate of 54.54. It was the 3rd ODI match of the 3-match series. The Indian team scored 229 runs for 5 wickets while the Sri Lankan team could only amass 134 runs before going all out. Thereby the Indian team won by 95 runs essentially winning the series.

Deshpande made her T20 debut in Jun 23 2011, during the NatWest Women’s T20 Quadrangular Series. They faced the Australian women’s team in Billericay. Deshpande was dismissed for 1 run. The Indian performed poorly, going all out for 62 runs. The Australian team won the match by 8 wickets. Anagha Deshpande played her last T20 match against Sri Lankan team at Vizianagaram on Jan 26 2014, during the Sri Lanka Women tour of India. It was the second T20 match in a 3-match T20 series. She scored 6 runs during the match. However, she contributed substantially in fielding, assisting in two run-outs. The Indian team amassed 127 runs for 8 wickets while the Sri Lankan team fell short by 117 runs. Thus, the Indian team won the match by 9 runs.

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Deshpande played her last match  on Jan 3, 2016 in the Inter State Women’s Twenty20 Competition. She played for the Railways team and faced the Delhi women team. She scored a total of 38 runs with a strike rate of 111.76.  The Railways team won the match by 43 runs.


Anagha Deshpande played in 23 ODI matches and 8 T20 matches in total. In ODI, she has scored a total of 414 runs with a strike rate of 58.06. Her highest score in ODI is 47 runs. Her boundary collection include forty nine 4s and one 6s. In T20, she accumulated a total of 69 runs with a strike rate of 61.6. Her high score in T20 is 28 runs.

Anagha Deshpande is also an excellent wicket-keeper and has contributed immensely to the team. She has taken 12 catches and 19 stumps over her lucrative ODI career while in T20 took 4 catches and 2 stumps. She was once placed 3rd position for most catches in an innings (4) in Women’s ODI matches. She is placed 6th in the most number of stumpings (3) in a Women’s ODI innings.

There are many sports in the world. Some people likes football, and others likes cricket or basketball. But I love to play cricket because it is a game of gentalman. I am a left-handed batsman and a left-arm orthodox bowler. I played an inter-college tournaments. Also, I represented my college cricket team as vice captain. Ms. Dhoni is my idol, and the Chennai Super Kings are my all-time favourite franchise. 

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