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Shafali Verma (Credits: Twitter)

The meteoric rise of Shafali Verma with the Indian women’s team has been nothing short of a revelation. Aged just 16, Shafali became the ICC’s No.1 ranked T20I batswoman briefly, and helped India to their maiden Women’s World Cup final appearance.

At the global spectacle held in Australia earlier in March, Shafali scored runs aplenty, overall 163 runs to be precise, with a massive strike rate of 158.25.

Her blistering starts helped India stay unbeaten in the group phase, top their group, and go on to play in the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup 2020.

While she could not continue the good run of form in the final, against hosts Australia who ran away with the title, at a jam-packed Melbourne Cricket Ground, on International Women’s Day, the right-handed opener earned plenty of plaudits for her impressive displays.

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Shafali Verma (Credits: BCCI)

Shafali Verma looks back on her Women’s T20 World Cup heroics:

In a special column for Hindustan Times, the young lady from Rohtak reflected on the last one month which in her own words has been nothing short of something ‘special.’

“The last one month has been pretty special for me. Not everyone is lucky to play in a World Cup with some of the best cricketers. I got the opportunity, and that too at such a young age,” wrote Shafali. 

She continued, “I will never forget the welcome that I received at my home in Rohtak. There were dhols (drums) and music. My relatives received me with garlands and I felt pretty special. It was like a dream after a special tournament.” 

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Shafali Verma (Source: Twitter)

While the Coronavirus pandemic has meant all cricketing activities have been called off, Shafali isn’t one to rest on her laurels, as she still practices at home, and uses the break to spend some quality time with her family.

“I often shadow practice at home with a tennis ball,” Verma revealed.

“For a [batter], it’s essential to maintain the rhythm and touch. It’s very important that I don’t get rusty. Nothing can substitute playing an actual game but one has to make the best out of a situation,” she concluded.

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