Eng W vs Ind W: Virender Sehwag says, ‘Delighted to watch fearlessness of Shafali Verma’- Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has lauded the fearlessness of debutant Shafali Verma in the ongoing Test match against England.
“Day one of #WTCFinal2021 called off but enjoying watching Shafali Varma in the #INDWvsENGW Test. Delight to watch the fearlessness,” Virender Sehwag tweeted after Day 1 of the WTC Final was washed off by rain in Southampton. Shafali, who became the second-youngest woman to hit a fifty on Test debut in the first innings, has captured everyone’s attention in a very short span of time. Former South African batter Johmari Logtenberg is still the youngest cricketer to smash a fifty on Test debut.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 18, 2021
After the restart of the play in Bristol during the second innings, the 17-year-old powered her way towards another half-century on debut for India and became the youngest player to score it in both innings of a Test.
England is well on the top of the ongoing game after India’s remarkable collapse late last night continued into this morning. England needs to get through a talented India batting line-up again but their chances of victory are perhaps hampered for the present by the weather and Shafali Verma’s knock.
Earlier in the first inning, Shafali Verma smashed a 152-ball 96 to power her team past the 150-mark without losing any wickets. She along with Smriti Mandhana scripted the highest first-wicket partnership for India in Test matches against England. The previous best was 132 runs for the first wicket scored by Anju and Chanderkanta in 1999.