Updated: February 25, 2020 1:23:20 am
Shafali Verma’s 17-ball 39 helped India get off to a great start in their second World T20 encounter against Bangladesh in Perth on Monday. Batting at a strike-rate of over 200, the 16-year-old struck four sixes and two boundaries, before falling to Bangladesh’s Panna Ghosh.
Her destructive show with the bat fetched the 16-year-old plaudits from several cricket fans and former England skipper Nasser Hussain. Some even compared the teenage cricketer with former India opener Virender Sehwag, who also carried a similar stature in terms of smashing the ball all over the park.
Shafali’s 17-ball 39 helped India take command in the initial phase of the contest. Her knock laid the platform for other batters to impose a stiff target for the opposition. However, the Indian middle-order failed to maintain the tempo as the Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian unit only managed 142 on the board, which eventually proved substantial to topple Bangladesh. She was also named as the player of the match for her powerful hitting, making her the youngest to accomplish the feat in T20 World Cup.
“Since Mandhana wasn’t around, I wanted to take the responsibility to stay around and give India a good start. I’ve been practising hitting the ball hard and I would like to bring the team more success in the future. I’d like to continue doing this, help India win matches and ultimately win us the World Cup,” the 16-year-old said during the post-match presentation ceremony.
Here are a few tweets:
— ICC (@ICC) February 24, 2020
This girl can seriously play ! #shafali
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) February 24, 2020
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 24, 2020
Get to a TV quick and watch this 16 year old. Shafali Verma ????????
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) February 24, 2020
— Kartikeya Raaj Singh (@krs_19) February 24, 2020
Great cameo from Shafali Verma.
— CricBlog (@cric_blog) February 24, 2020
If I aged like Benjamin Button, I’d wish to be Shafali Verma when I grow up!
What a fearless striker. Incredible power. And she’s such a quick learner.
Dear NZ, bring on the short ball!#T20WorldCup
— Ananya Upendran (@a_upendran11) February 24, 2020
#ShafaliVerma is some batswoman. She has all the shots in the book and more and reminds me of a certain Virendra Sehwag. And for a 16 year old she is really mature.
— Pranav Joshi (@Pranavjoshi7654) February 24, 2020
. 6 . 6 . 1 6 4 2 . 4 1 2 1 6 . W
— T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) February 24, 2020
Shafali is in good touch and it was reflected in the tournament opener against Australia on Friday. In the first match, the cricketer scored 29 in just 15 balls, which included five boundaries and one six.
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