I want to win more games for India: Shafali Verma
Indian teen prodigy Shafali Verma took the world by storm after her heroics in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020. The Indian opener paired up with compatriot Smriti Mandhana to bolster the batting order. Unfortunately, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led Team India was defeated by hosts Australia in the final. In a recent interview, Shafali asserted that she wants to replicate her performance in future.
The goal is to contribute towards India's success
"It just didn't go our way that day. I want to win more games for India. I should be able to put India in a position of strength when I go out to bat. The goal will always be to contribute to India's success."
Shafali's hitting proved pivotal for India
Shafali was India's leading run-getter in the tournament, having amassed 163 runs in five T20Is at 32.60. Her scores in the tournament read- 29, 39, 46, 47 and 2. She smashed the joint-most sixes with Alyssa Healy (9) overall. However, the 16-year-old succumbed to pressure in the all-important final against Australia. Shafali also dropped Healy early on, which cost India the title.
Shafali was denied entry in the cricket academy initially
At the age of 10, Shafali got enrolled in the Shree Ram Narain Cricket Academy but was not allowed to feature in the male-only tournaments. She then decided to chop her hair and disguised herself as her brother in order to chase her dream.
Shafali hailed the team members
Shafali, who is touted as Mithali Raj's successor, opened up about the team environment. "There is nothing like seniors will speak and junior have to listen. It is a very relaxed atmosphere. Not just seniors like Harmanpreet or Smriti, everyone is looking to push the other the extra mile," she reiterated. She added, "And we have a really amazing coach in WV Raman sir."
Shafali is working hard on her fitness
While the whole country is reeling under the 21-day lockdown, Shafali is working on her fitness. "I have been working hard on my fitness as HCA has given us customised fitness charts keeping in mind the areas we need to work on," she said. She added, "With us staying indoors at this point in time, the chart further helps with planned workouts."