Shafali Verma, a breakout star at the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, proudly reflected a month that she will not soon forget.
Verma’s exploits at the top of the rankings led India to its first T20 World Cup final. Although she couldn’t make an impression on an overcrowded MCG on International Women’s Day when Australia ran away with the title, she ended the tournament with 163 runs with an incredible hit rate of 158.25. The 16-year-old also temporarily held No. 1 in the MRCC Tires ICC Women’s T20 rankings for hitting.
Her fearless shooting in her short career so far has won her many fans and Verma has been welcomed by a hero.
“The last month has been very special for me. Not everyone is lucky enough to take part in a world championship with some of the best cricketers. I had the opportunity, even at such a young age,” she wrote in a play for the Hindustan Times.
“I will never forget the greeting that I received from my house in Rohtak. There were dhols (drums) and music. My relatives welcomed me with garlands and I felt very special. It was like a dream after a special tournament. “
Verma’s story of how she pretended to be a boy with her father’s support so she could play cricket is inspiring. Seeing that her family’s efforts lead to success was satisfying for the youngsters. “My father was there in Australia and I can feel his pride when he talks to me about his friend,” she added.
With cricket on hold around the world and people staying in their homes, the practice of the adolescent is also affected. She uses downtime to spend time with the family, watch movies, and recover from a strain she suffered at the World Cup.
“I often train with a tennis ball at home,” Verma said. “For an [batsman] it is important to keep the rhythm and touch. It is very important that I don’t get rusted. Nothing can replace playing an actual game, but you have to make the best of a situation.”