Not everyone is lucky to play in a World Cup at such a young age: Shafali Verma
Shafali Verma ended as the leading run-scorer for India Women Cricket team in T20 Womens World Cup.
Updated - Mar 21, 2020 1:41 pm
Shafali Verma, the young women cricketer has emerged as one of the brightest prospects for Indian Women Cricket team in last one year. She has hogged the spotlight with her brilliant batting and has become the number one batter in the latest rankings released by ICC. She also went with the national squad for the T20 Women’s World Cup and did convincingly well.
Shafali made her debut previous year against South Africa in the T20I series. Since then, she has become a vital of Team India in the shorter format. She has mustered 487 runs in 19 games with the help of two fifties until now. The youngster had a great World Cup as she ended up as the leading runs scorer for Team India with 163 runs in five games at a brilliant strike rate of 158.25. However, she failed to click a good knock in the final due to which Team India ended up on the losing end. She also looked in tears in the post-match ceremony along with her teammates.
Last one month has been pretty special for me, says Shafali Verma
Shafali Verma wrote in a piece for Hindustan Times that the past month was quite special for her as a cricketer. She got the opportunity to play with some of the best cricketers across the globe at such a young age. It is an honour for her to be playing alongside them.
She also added that she got a very special welcome when she returned to Rohtak with dhol and music. Everything looked like a dream and not reality. Looking forward to the current conditions due to Coronavirus, Shafali Verma added the fact that she has been doing shadow practice as every sports tournament has come down to a halt.
According to her, it is good to use every opportunity to its best before getting rusty. It is well known that nothing can replace playing in an actual game but currently she can do only shadow practice due to locked down.
“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. 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.
“My father was there in Australia and I can sense his pride when he talks about me to his friend. I often shadow practice at home with a tennis ball,” Verma revealed. “For a [batter], it’s essential to maintain the rhythm and touch. It’s very important that I don’t get rusty. Nothing can substitute playing an actual game but one has to make the best out of a situation,” Shafali Verma wrote in a piece for Hindustan Times.