India women’s cricket batting sensation Shafali Verma expressed that — she is excited to play the upcoming women’s T20 Challenge in the UAE. The four-match league, which will feature three teams, will be played during the IPL’s men playoff week. BCCI had confirmed the commencement of Women’s IPL on Sunday.
Women’s IPL will be the first assignment for Shafali Verma since she last played for India in the ICC women’s T20 World Cup grand finale against Australia in March. After the outbreak of the coronavirus, she has been enjoying the break with her family.
Taking to Twitter, Shafali shared her happiness for playing in the Women’s IPL. She is also excited to meet her teammates after so long.
— Shafali Verma (@TheShafaliVerma) August 4, 2020
Women’s cricketers such as Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, and Veda Krishnamurthy have welcomed the move of going ahead with the Women’s T20 Challenge amid the ongoing crises. Earlier, several fans have alleged that BCCI is ignoring women’s cricket but the board’s move has silent all the critics.
Shafali Verma- the youngest Indian cricketer
Shafali Verma’s talent came in the forefront after she showcased her swashbuckling performance in the Women’s T20 challenge in 2019. Following this, she got the call from team India. At the age of 15, she became the youngest cricketer (male or female) to play for India after debuting last year against South African women in the T20I series.
In the disheartening T20 World Cup 2020, the 16-year-old cricketer was the highest scorer for the Indian team. She amassed 163 runs in five matches but had failed to guide the team to victory in the finale. The attacking batter scored only two runs as Australia won the marquee clash by 85 runs.
However, it was the first time that Team India reached the grand-finale of the ICC event.
Shafali Verma has, so far, played only 19 ODIs and scored 487 runs, including two half-centuries.
She is yet to make debut in ODIs and Test cricket. The Haryana cricketer is currently at No.3 in the ICC women’s T20 batting ranking.