After leading India to victory in the ICC Women’s U19 T20 World Cup, Shafali Verma is now focused on the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, which will begin on February 10.
With an impressive seven-wicket victory over England on Sunday, Shafali played a key part in helping India win the first U19 championship, and the 19-year-old is now aiming for a historic double.
Shafali Verma Setting Her Eyes On Bigger Achievements For Indian Women’s Team
Shafali, a recognized star in India’s senior team, hopes to add to the value of the trip to South Africa by winning another trophy at the competition next month.
When questioned if the U19 trophy was the only one she wanted to bring back from South Africa, Shafali was cited by ICC as responding “No, the big one also,”
“I am someone who focuses on the task at hand. When I entered the Under-19s, I only focused on winning the Under-19 Cup and we have won that today. I will look to take this winning confidence with me and win the senior World Cup. I will try and forget this and get involved with the senior setup and gel with the team and win the World Cup,” Shafali said.
Shafali was a member of the Indian team that was eliminated from the 2020 T20 World Cup after Australia defeated the Asian team by 85 runs at the MCG in front of more than 85,000 spectators.
Melbourne Was A Very Emotional Day For Me: Shafali Verma
When the final took place in Melbourne over three years ago, Shafli was just 17 years old, but the India star claimed she is still hurt by the defeat.
“Melbourne was a very emotional day for me in that final game, we did not win the game,” Shafali recalled.
“When I joined the Under-19 team, I am just thinking, ‘you know, we have to win this Cup.’ I am just telling all the girls, ‘We have to win this Cup, we are here for the Cup. We had lost the World Cup and it was tears of sadness. Today, they were tears of happiness because we achieved what we came here for.”
“I tried controlling it but it could not happen. I will look at this as a big achievement and look to use this to learn something more. I will try to score more runs for India and am not going to be satisfied with this Cup. This is just the beginning.”
With 172 runs overall, Shafali finished third in the U19 competition. Teammate and fellow opener Shweta Sehrawat led the way with a staggering 297 runs.
The tournament’s top wicket-takers included the spinners Parshavi Chopra (12 wickets) and Mannat Kashyap (9 wickets)