India woman cricketer Shafali Verma thanked everyone for their support and wishes after her Test debut for India. Verma, who missed to score a century on her Test debut by 4 runs, also said that she will make it up on other occasions. The right-handed batswoman made her Test debut in the ongoing India vs England one-off Test in Bristol, England. She smashed 96 runs while opening the innings.
With 13 fours and 2 sixes during her knock, she managed to give a solid start to India. With her opening partner Smriti Mandhana, Verma managed a partnership of 167 runs. She was dismissed by England bowler Kate Cross at 96 with an easy catch to Anya Shrubsole. Hence, she remained 4 runs shorts to reach the three-digit score on her debut Test match.
I Will Make It Up On Other Occasions, Says Shafali Verma
The 17-year-old player thanked everyone for their wishes and also said that she missed a century this time but will smash one other time in the future.
“I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your kind words of support and for your wishes. It would not be possible to respond to each message individually. I am proud to be a part of this team and such wonderfully supportive teammates and support staff”, Verma wrote on Twitter.
“I know my father, my family, my Association, my team and academy will miss those 4+ runs more than me but I will make it up to them on other occasions. They have all been a huge support!,” she wrote in another tweet. Have a look at Shafali Verma’s tweets below.
I know my father, my family, my Association, my team and academy will miss those 4+ runs more than me but I will make it up to them on other occasions 😁. They have all been a huge support!
— Shafali Verma (@TheShafaliVerma) June 17, 2021
Opener Smriti Mandhana also added 78 runs to India’s scoreboard. However, after Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana’s dismissal, India suffered a mini-collapse. Punam Raut (2), Shikha Pandey (0), and Mithali Raj (0) lost their wickets cheaply. Losing three quick wickets, India railed at 187-5 at the end of the 2nd Day. England skipper Heather Knight scalped 2 wickets, while Nat Sciver, Kate Cross, and Sophie Ecclestone have picked 1 wicket each.
Earlier, England women scored 396/9 in the first innings. English opener Tamsin Beaumont scored 66 runs while skipper Heather Knight smashed a 95-run knock. With another crucial 74 runs from Sophia Dunkley, England women managed to reach a good total on the scoreboard. For India, Sneha Rana was the highest wicket-taker with 4 wickets. Deepti Sharma scalped 3 wickets. India trail by 209 runs with Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma on strike.