The sixteen-year-old teenager Shafali Verma is conquering great heights in the Women’s T20 World Cup being held in Australia. The Haryana-born cricketer has scores of 29, 39, 46 and 47 from the first four games and was named player of the match on two occasions. What stands out despite not even scoring a fifty in the ongoing tournament is her aggression.
Runs from the top
Shafali has helped Team India the much-required good starts in all the matches they have played so far. These knocks were crucial to help the team set up decent totals and they came at impressive strike rates which relieved the pressure of the remaining batters. The likes of Deepti Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues were the major beneficiaries and got ample time to express themselves.
Instilling confidence and momentum
After entering the big league at a young age, Shafali has displayed her daring and confident side. She has received applause for playing for the entire team rather than achieving individual milestones. These attributes are a real boon for the team which of late has been looking for young talents to fill the void of experienced players like Mithali Raj. Shafali’s form has covered the slump in form of skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana, two of India’s major contributors with the bat.
Is Shafali the next big thing?
It seems so. Being an early entrant to international cricket, she is a promising cricketer. Shafali’s batting against the current bunch of experienced cricketers like Ellyse Perry has earned praise and one can certainly pin hopes on this young talent.