Was tough seeing Shafali Verma in tears: Brett Lee
Teenage sensation Shafali Verma was left to tears after her side lost in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup final against Australia on Sunday. Australia Women thrashed India by 85 runs to pocket their fifth T20 World Cup title. Shafali, who ended the tourney as India's top run-scorer, was seen sobbing. Former Australia cricketer felt sorry for the teenager. Here's more.
I really felt for Shafali Verma, says Lee
Former Aussie star Lee said it was difficult for him to watch Shafali in tears and said she should be proud of her performance in the event. "I really felt for Shafali Verma at the end, it was tough seeing her in tears but she should be very proud of the way she's performed in Australia," he wrote in his column for the ICC.
She'll learn from this experience, feels Lee
Shafali 29, 39, 46, 47 and 2 in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020. When stars like Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur failed, Shafali stood tall. "She'll learn from this experience and come back stronger. Moments like this can define you in a positive way...Don't be surprised to see her put a big score on the Aussies the next time they play."
'She's only going to get better from here'
Lee felt that Shafali will only get better from here on. "To come out here and face your first tournament head-on is testament to her talent and mental strength, and she's only going to get better from here," the Aussie legend wrote.
How did the World T20 final pan out?
Australia Women saw openers Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooneytake Indian bowlers to the cleaners. The two added a record 115 runs to help Australia muster 184/4. Healy scored a 39-ball 75 and thrived atop. Mooney played the supporting act and got 78. In reply, India lost wickets at regular intervals and never quite managed to get a grip. They faltered for 99.