The young Indian protege, Shafali Verma created many records during her enterprising knock of 96 England on her Test debut in Bristol. She became the first Indian women cricketer who got dismissed in the 90s on Test debut. She will share this record with the former Indian skipper, Rahul Dravid. Former India skipper, too, was dismissed in the 90s on his Test debut.
Interestingly, Rahul Dravid also made his debut against England. He scored 95 before edging one to Jack Russell off Chris Lewis’s bowling. In the same match, current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and former India captain, Sourav Ganguly also made his Test debut. Ganguly played a phenomenal knock of 131 on his Test debut.
Shafali also became the first Indian woman to smash a six on her Test debut. Notably, Shafali Verma also equaled the record for most sixes by a woman in Test innings. She smashed a couple of sixes in Bristol, equalling Alyssa Healy and Lauren Winfield-Hill’s joint record.
Smirti Mandhana along with Shafali broke the Indian record for the highest partnership for the opening stand against England in women’s Test cricket. They added 167 runs for the first wicket, going past Sandhya Agarwal and Garji Banerjee’s tally of 153 in 1984 in Melbourne against Australia.
This was also the second-highest partnership in women’s Test cricket in overseas conditions. Caroline Atkins/Arran Brindle hold the record after they notched 200 runs against India for England in Lucknow in 2002. India’s Shafali Verma (17y-140d) was also the second-youngest woman to score a fifty on the Test debut. South Africa’s Johmari Logtenberg (74) is the youngest at 14y-166 vs England in 2003.