Fan Wants 15-Year-Old Shafali Verma To Replace Shikhar Dhawan As Opener For The Men's Team
The Indian women's cricket team is currently touring the Carribean and are in the middle of a five-match T20I series against Anisa Mohammed's side but the way our players are performing, it feels like a home series.
In the first of five matches that took place at the Beausejour Stadium in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, the Women in Blue found themselves batting first as the Windies decided to bowl first after winning the toss.
Making the most of the situation, Indian openers Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana went on a rampage and struck their respective half-tons and formed a dominating 143-run partnership in 15.3 overs to give their side a big start.
The explosive 15-year-old Shafali Verma scored her maiden half-century in the first T20I against West Indies Women today in St Lucia. Shafali is the youngest Indian ever to score an int'l fifty👏🏾👏🏾 #TeamIndiapic.twitter.com/O2MfVdNBOv— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) November 10, 2019
After building a 185-run total for the West Indies players to chase, Indian bowlers took control of the game right from the beginning of their attack with Shikha Pandey scalping Hayley Matthews' wicket in the second over.
It wasn't too much struggle for Team India to register their first win of the series as they restricted the Windies batting order to just 101 runs in 20 overs with the loss of nine wickets.
#WhileYouWereSleeping— The Field (@thefield_in) November 10, 2019
India started the T20I series in West Indies with a resounding 84-run win after 15-year-old Shafali Verma blasted her first international fifty
Match report: https://t.co/Gu0o87GfPWpic.twitter.com/zh55hsrj3m
Having said that, the cream of the crop had to be the innings played by the 15-year-old Shafali Verma who struck six boundaries and four maximums while putting up 73 runs on the board in just 49 deliveries.
The teenager was so good with her bat that it even caught the attention of the 'voice of Indian cricket', Harsha Bhogle, who couldn't stop praising Verma for her batting prowess.
Another star on the horizon for India's women's team. Shafali Verma, only 15, slams 73(49) and a partnership of 143 with @mandhana_smriti in just 14.3 overs. Gearing up well for the #WorldT20 early next year— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 10, 2019
“Another star on the horizon for India's women's team. Shafali Verma, only 15, slams 73(49) and a partnership of 143 with @mandhana_smriti in just 14.3 overs. Gearing up well for the #WorldT20 early next year,” tweeted the Indian cricket commentator.
Her maiden half-century made her the youngest Indian ever to score an international fifty and got her the well-earned Player of the Match recognition.
However, the bigger achievement for the young cricketer has to be the love shown by the fans of Indian cricket:
amazing for @smrtii and @shafali and also for @indianwomencricketteam— satyam singh (@satyams10738511) November 10, 2019
Shafali is just 15 ! That what cricbuzz shows... Wow !!!— Jigs (@jigs3993) November 10, 2019
India is thrilled by this explosive talent !— Ravindranatha Maroli (@RavindranathaM) November 10, 2019
One fan even wished that Verma would replace the opener for the Men's Indian cricket team, Shikhar Dhawan and open the Indian batting order with the current stand-in captain Rohit Sharma during the on going T20I series with the visiting Bangladesh.
She should open with @ImRo45 coz men's team will not be able to win icc championship....— Ashwini Chaudhary (@Ashwini27497556) November 10, 2019