Sneha Deepthi is an Indian cricketer who plays for the Andhra women’s cricket team. She made her international T20 debut on 2 April 2013 against the Bangladesh Women’s team. On 12 April 2013, she made her ODI debut during the Bangladesh Women’s tour of India.
Sneha Deepthi Rama Krishna Vootala also known as Vootala Sneha Deepthi was born on Tuesday, 10 September 1996 (aged 26 years; as of 2022) in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. As a child, initially, she was not into any sports. She was about eight years old when she started accompanying her father who used to train her brother. She fielded the ball while they were playing gully cricket. After she informed her disappointment as she did not get a chance to bat, her father made her bat and gradually she developed an interest in cricket. Sneha was in the fourth class when she started taking coaching classes. In 2003, she joined a summer camp and went for sessions in the morning and her father trained her in the evenings. The first cricket net she practised in was stitched by her father and he trained her till 2007. In 2008, she joined a camp announced by the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) and played amongst many female cricketers including the state players. They were divided into two groups and she was in Group B, which consisted of beginners like herself. She made a sudden impact with her explosive batting style and was included in the group for state players within a month and also found her way into the Andhra state team within her first year at ACA.
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): 33-28-33
She has four tattoos inked on her body.
- On her middle finger of the left hand: A cup of ice cream.
- On her middle finger of the right hand: A Coffee Cup
- On her right-hand forearm: ‘S’ and ‘D’ – Her initials
- On her wrist of the left hand
She belongs to a middle-class family in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. After Sneha and her sister were enrolled at the Andhra Cricket Association, their family shifted from Ukkunagaram, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh to Pothinamallayya Palem (PM Palem), Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Parents & Siblings
Her father’s name is Ramakrishna. He was an employee at the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. Her mother’s name is Dayamani. She has a younger sister and a younger brother. In 2016, her sister, Ramya Deepika, played alongside Sneha in the ACA North Zone inter-district women’s tournament.
Husband & Children
She got married to Philip Maddirala in October 2019. Their daughter, Kriva Philip, was born on February 2021.
She follows Christianity.
Sneha Deepthi has represented Andhra women’s cricket team, South Central Railway Women’s Cricket team, and the Railways women’s cricket team. In 2008, she started coaching under the Andhra Cricket Association and within the same year she played in the U-19 squad and the state squad. As part of the U-19 squad, she scored 36 runs against Punjab in a crucial match and led her team to victory, this was a major turning point in her life and she was selected for the senior squad. Since then she was a key player for the state team and mainly played as an opener for the team. She was part of the Andhra women’s cricket team between 2008 and 2016. In 2016, she joined South Central Railways (SCR) and was a key player for them during their successful campaign in the 32nd All India Railway Championship.
She was selected for the Indian Railways squad after a string of good performances for South Central Railways. Following her marriage, she took a break from cricket and returned to List-A cricket in 2021. Having came out of her maternity leave and as she was no longer playing for the Railways team, she applied for a NOC from the Railways team, to play for the Andhra women’s cricket team.
At the advice of ACA director Venugopal Rao, she participated in the inter-district women’s tournament in September 2021 and made her comeback. Sneha was named the captain of the Andhra women’s cricket team before the 2021-22 season. In 2022, she scored 133 runs, including a half-century (55 and not out), for Andhra women’s cricket team in 8 matches during the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy. She was named captain of the South Zone in the Senior Women Interzonal T20 tournament 2022.
One Day International (ODI)
Sneha Deepthi made her One Day International debut on 12 April 2013 against Bangladesh women’s team at Ahmedabad during the Bangladesh Women’s tour of India. India won the match by 58 runs but she was dropped from the squad after the match.
She made her T20 international debut on 2 April 2013 against Bangladesh women’s team at Vadodara during the Bangladesh Women’s tour of India. On 5 April 2013, she played against Bangladesh women in the third match of the series, but only scored one run. She was dropped from the squad after the series.
Andhra Premier League
In 2022, she was part of the Vizianagaram Royals team in the inaugural Andhra Premier League. Sneha scored 45 runs in the final, and Vizianagaram Royals won the title by defeating Vizag Dolphins.
Women’s Premier League (WPL)
In 2023, she was purchased by the Delhi Capitals for the 2023-2024 season of the Women’s Premier League in India.
- In 2013, she became the first cricketer from the Andhra women’s cricket team to score a double century. In their match against East Godavari in a senior women’s inter-district match Sneha scored 203 and was not out.
- In 2013, Sneha Deepthi became the first player to be in the Indian national team from the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA).
- In 2013, she made her debut for international debut at 16 years and 204 days and became the youngest player to play for India until Shafali Verma made her debut at the age of 15.
- In 2015, she scored 350 runs for Andhra women against Srikakulam in a league match of the ACA North Zone inter-district women’s tournament. This was the highest individual score made by a women cricketer under ACA.
In 2023, she was purchased by Delhi Capitals for Rs. 30 Lakhs for the Women’s Premier League 2023-2024 season.
- She made her T20I debut for India alongside Smriti Mandhana in 2013. Andhra Cricket Association gave her a cash award of Rs. 50,000 when she received her first international call-up.
- Her jersey number was 77.
- In an interview, she revealed that she wanted to become the first Indian Women cricketer to play for India after having kids.
- After the birth of her daughter, she focussed on her diet, training, and fitness to make her comeback to cricket. In an interview, she revealed that she weighed over 95 kg and struggled with her stamina levels following her daughter’s delivery. She added that it was her husband who convinced her to make a comeback to cricket after she gave birth to her daughter.
- Her brother, Bodapati Sumanth, played for Hyderabad Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League in 2010. He was a first-class cricketer who played for Andhra Pradesh and scored over 3000 runs in Ranji Trophy.
- In 2021, she uploaded a few videos of her playing for the Railways team against Odisha in the 2019 Inter-state U-23 T20 tournament, on her social media and expressed her desire to make a comeback to cricket. Following her announcement, the Andhra Cricket Association came forward to help her and provided necessary facilities, including access to the gym and also to train under her childhood coach Janapareddy Krishna Rao. She was forced to leave her baby with her family in Hyderabad, Telangana and shifted to Mangalagiri, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh for training purposes.
- In an interview, she revealed that she used to learn dance before she started taking cricket coaching classes and added that she loves dancing and driving.