Legendary India Women’s National Cricket Team skipper Mithali Raj showered high praise on the young India Women’s National Cricket Team batter Shafali Verma, asserting that she is a once-in-a-generation player.
The 18-year-old batter Shafali Verma, who made her debut for India in 2019 against South Africa, is one of the most talented batters in the India Women’s National Cricket Team setup.
Speaking on the first episode of ICC’s new podcast, 100% Cricket, batting legend Mithali Raj, who announced her retirement from all forms of cricket on June 8, 2022, said that she is a big fan of Shafali’s game.
The 39-year-old added that the 18-year-old is the kind of player, who can single-handedly win the games for India against any opposition in world cricket. She said:
“I have been a big fan of her game. I have seen that she’s one player who has the ability to win the game single-handedly for India against any attack and any team. She is one of those players that you get to see probably once in a generation.”
I saw that she has the ability and the raw power that you rarely get to see – Mithali Raj
Mithali, who played 232 ODIs, 12 Tests and 89 T20Is for the India Women’s National Cricket Team, further said that she was impressed with Shafali’s batting while looking at her performance in the domestic circuit. Former India captain added that she saw raw power in Shafali’s shots when she played for Velocity under her leadership. Mithali elaborated:
“When I saw Shafali in a domestic match when she played against Indian Railways, she scored a fifty but I could see a glimpse of a player who could change the entire match just with her innings.
“And when she played for Velocity in the first edition of the Challenger Trophy, she played for my team and I saw that she has the ability and the raw power that you rarely get to see at that age to clear the boundary and hit a six at will.”
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