Shafali Verma
Shafali Verma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Anjum Chopra believes that the brand of cricket that young swashbuckling opener Shafali Verma is playing is a reflection of a generational shift.

Shafali Verma, 17, has impinged herself as one of the most exciting batters of the current era courtesy of her ‘no holds barred approach to batting.

The young opener has already broken so many records in her brief career and she is currently the No.1 ranked T20I batter in women’s cricket.

Shafali Verma
Shafali Verma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shafali Verma had a successful tour of England where she smashed a couple of half-centuries on her Test debut before playing a match-winning knock in the second T20I.

However, Anjum Chopra, in a recent interview with MyKhel, reckoned that while Shafali is blessed with natural stroke play and amazing hand-eye coordination, she still had a long way to go in her career.

“I think she has a long way to go. She’s a natural striker of the cricket ball, which is brilliant. She has excellent hand-eye coordination, but she still has a long way to go. Talent is there, but there’s a stark difference in how she has learnt her game and how the likes of Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur learnt their cricket. It’s a generational shift, and that difference is very much there for everyone to see,” said Anjum Chopra.

She also added that Shafali Verma needs to keep evolving as a batter as cricket isn’t just about hitting the ball.

The former Indian cricketer signed off by expressing her concern regarding other young players, stating that they need to raise their game as Shafali has done in the past 2 years.

“One hopes that she becomes an excellent international player because hitting the ball is one thing, but cricket isn’t just about hitting the ball. Although what I am concerned about is what are the other young players on the side doing. They also need to raise their game,” she added.

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