IND-W vs ENG-W Series Decider: British media hails Shafali Verma, says ’this girl is so good’: Shafali Verma lent her crucial hands to dust off team India’s long-standing weakness of a poor opening start. Her valiant 48-run-knock ensured that India were off to a flying start during the 2nd T20I against England women. Her array of shots and propensity with the bat has led her to earn praises from English publications as well. Recently, after batting cameos from her bat, BBC.com heaped praise for Verma saying ‘this girl is so good.’
Ever since her heroics on her Test debut followed by her maiden appearance in ODIs for Indian women, Verma has glared in the headlines of British publications.
- The Guardian hailed ‘Shafali Verma shows the way for future female stars of Indian cricket’
- The Times.co.uk praised ‘Teenage prodigy Shafali Verma boosts India before late collapse’
- The Guardian acknowledged ‘Shafali Verma: the teenage sensation aiming to fire India to Twenty20 glory’
- The Dailymail.co.uk noted ‘England survive Shafali Verma masterclass….’
After a debacle in the first T20I, Verma became a show-stealer in the second clash against England women. Her lion-hearted knock saw bullets emitting from her willow and confidently dominating the English pace women, who seemed daunting in the preceding contests.
IND-W vs ENG-W: Verma’s successive show of boundaries
England’s ace pacer- Katherine Brunt too wasn’t spared by the 17-year-old woman batter either in the second T20I. She smashed five consecutive fours off Brunt’s over during team India’s innings. Thus she took revenge of her wicket last match. She was sent back for a duck by Brunt.
Verma’s innings of 48 runs included eight fours and a six as she was the only batter in the team to have a strike rate of more than 100 in the match. The rest could only manage below 90.
IND-W vs ENG-W: A glimpse at the tour so far
England Women won by 18 runs (DLS method)