The newest member of the Indian team, Shafalli Verma has broken the record of great Sachin Tendulkar by playing for India at the age of 15. She is considered as a wonder kid on the 22-yards. She recently played for India in the T20 format against South Africa. Shafali stunned the cricket world with her ability to shot big when she scored 46 runs off just 33 balls hitting five boundaries and two towering sixes in the 4th T20I against South Africa in Surat on October 1st. The reason she was selected in the Indian women’s senior team was her consistent performance in the domestic cricket scoring over 1,200 runs with eight centuries in the last season.
“I am very happy about becoming the youngest (cricketer) ever. But I am not losing my sleep thinking over it. Its just the start. I want to play in all formats of the game, though Twenty20 remains my favourite. I just want to concentrate on my game and not pay much attention to records. I want to bat like Sachin Tendulkar and keep wickets like MS Dhoni,” Shafali Verma told Republic TV.
Her batting coach Sanath Kumar says she came to the academy at the age of 12 under Sri Ram Narain Cricket Club in 2016.
“She is simply unbelievable considering her age and gender. Her powerful lofted shots and on-drives are her trademark shots. We hope she emulates her idol Sachin in cricketing achievements and break many records,” she said. “Apart from her enormous batting ability she is very good behind the stumps as well. People are comparing her with Sachin’s initial days but I would say her game is more like MS Dhoni. She has quick reflexes and is quite good at catching and uprooting the stumps. She also has a very solid and matured cricketing mind like Dhoni.”