The Hundred: Shafali Verma- India’s batting sensation Shafali Verma will miss the eliminator against Oval Invincibles as she has returned to India. Her absence is likely to hurt her team as she has the tendency to change games with her exquisite batting ability. The winner of Birmingham Phoenix vs Oval Invincibles will play against Southern Brave in the finals.
She confirmed her withdrawal via an Instagram post that read, “I really enjoyed playing with this great group of people in the Hundred.”
“Friendships and memories that will last forever. Best of luck for the remainder of the tournament,” it added.
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Shafali Verma scored 171 runs in 8 matches for her The Hundred franchise at a magnificent strike rate of 142.5.
The Hundred: Birmingham Phoenix- Phoenix captain Amy Jones admitted that Verma’s absence was a big loss ahead of the crucial encounter. “Obviously Shafali was hitting her straps and we saw how dangerous she is against Welsh Fire so she is a big loss for us,” Jones told ESPNCricinfo
Earlier, Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur had also returned home to spend quality time with family ahead of the India tour of Australia. Smriti Mandhana represented Southern Brave while Haranpreet Kaur played for Manchester Originals in the inaugural season of The Hundred. The duo scored 167 runs (7 matches) and 104 runs (3 inns) respectively.
Besides them, Deepti Sharma and Jemimah Rodriguez were also part of Indian women who played in the Hundred. While Jemimah emerged as the highest run-getter with 249 runs in 7 inns, Deepti also played also left her mark in the tournament.
India tour of Australia: The developments come as Indian players gear up for the upcoming India tour of Australia. On Tuesday, the players assembled in Bengaluru for quarantine ahead of pre-tour camp.
The women’s team will depart for Australia from Bengaluru either on August 29 or 30 and then the entire squad will spend two weeks under mandatory quarantine.
The 30 players gathering in Bengaluru comprise the core of the 21-member squad that toured the UK in June-July this year and players from the preceding limited-overs home series against South Africa in March will also feature in the camp.
India women tour of Australia
Sep 19: 1st ODI
Sep 22: 2nd ODI
Sep 24: 3rd ODI
Only Test: Sep 30- Oct 3
Oct 7: 1st T20
Oct 9: 2nd T20
Oct 11: 3rd T20
India’s hope will pin on the above players as they look to win the limited-overs series and the only Test in Australia. Can India women repeat history in Australia? Follow us at insidesport.co to find out
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