The 16-year-old swashbuckling Team India opener Shafali Verma has been a revelation ever since she bursts onto the international circuit. She was spectacular in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia helping her side to reach the final before losing out to Australia.
The right-handed batter amassed 163 runs throughout the competition with an impressive strike rate of 158.25 during the global event in Australia in March. Shafali Verma’s resounding blitz with the bat helped India progress through to the semifinals without losing a match and topping the group. This helped them to make a way in the pinnacle clash after a washout in the semifinals against England.
Although Verma failed to continue her consistent run at a jam-packed Melbourne Cricket Ground, but her antics with the bat have earned him praises from all quarters. In a special column for Hindustan Times, Shafali Verma reflected on the last month which has been nothing short of a spectacle.
“The last one month has been pretty special for me. Not everyone is lucky to play in a World Cup with some of the best cricketers. I got the opportunity, and that too at such a young age,” wrote Shafali.
“I will never forget the welcome that I received at my home in Rohtak. There were dhols (drums) and music. My relatives received me with garlands and I felt pretty special. It was like a dream after a special tournament,” she added.
Meanwhile, Shafali Verma doesn’t want to get carried away by the success and dreams to win the World Cup for her country. With all cricketing activities stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic, the young lady from Rohtak is keeping her busy by shadow training and playing tennis ball inside the house.