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Shafali Verma
Shafali hitting a six for India during the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup
Personal information
Full nameShafali Verma
Born (2004-01-28) 28 January 2004 (age 20)
Rohtak, Haryana, India[1]
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 86)16 June 2021 v England
ODI debut (cap 131)27 June 2021 v England
Last ODI21 September 2021 v Australia
T20I debut (cap 64)24 September 2019 v South Africa
Last T20I14 July 2021 v England
Domestic team information
2021Birmingham Phoenix
Career statistics
Competition WTest WODI WT20I
Matches 1 4 25
Runs scored 159 86 665
Batting average 79.50 21.50 27.70
100s/50s 0/2 0/0 0/3
Top score 96 44 73
Catches/stumpings 1/– 0/– 4/–
Source: Cricinfo, 21 September 2021

Shafali Verma (born 28 January 2004) is an Indian cricketer who plays for the India women's national cricket team.[2][3][4] She became the youngest cricket player from India at the age of 15.[5] In June 2021, She became the most young player from India in all three formats (Test, One Day, T20) of international cricket.[6] She is the right hand opening batsman of the Indian team.[7] She is also a member of the India A Women team and the Birmingham Phoenix Women team.[7] She is also sometimes a right-arm offbreak bowler.[7]

Early life[change | change source]

There were no cricket academies for girls in Rohtak. Shafali played cricket in a boy's academy when she was young.[8]

Career[change | change source]

Shahali played for Velocity in T20 Challenge of women before international cricket.[9] On September 2019, she became a member of Indian women cricket team against South Africa.[10] She played her first match for India against South Africa on 24 September 2019.[11] She was the most young player to play for India in T20I match.[12] On November 2019, she became the youngest cricketer who made 50 runs for India.[13][14] She made 158 runs in five matches against the team representing the West Indies. She was selected as the player of the series.[15]

Shafali was a member of Indian women cricket team for the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup.[16] She was awarded with a central contract by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).[17]

Shafali was a member of Test team of India against the England.[18][19] She played her first Test match against England on 16 June 2021.[20] The Test match was drawn. She was selected as the player of the match.[21][22] On 27 June 2021, she played her first ODI match against England.[23]

Records[change | change source]

  • 3rd Most runs in her first Test match (159)[24]
  • 8th 90 runs in her first Test match (96)[24]
  • 35th Most runs in a Test match (159)[24]
  • 18th Youngest cricket player (17 years 139 days)[24]
  • 17th Highest career batting average in T20 (27.70)[24]
  • 36th Most fifties in T20 career (3)[24]
  • 21st Highest partnerships for any wicket in T20 (143)[24]
  • 12th Highest partnership for the first wicket in T20 (143)[24]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Women's T20 World Cup: Rohtak to Sydney, the journey of Shafali Verma". SportStar. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  2. "Shafali Verma". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  3. "Shafali Verma, the tomboy teen who could be India's next cricket superstar". Gulf News. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  4. "Women's T20 World Cup: Shafali Verma, India's 16-year-old 'rock star'". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  5. "20 women cricketers for the 2020s". The Cricket Monthly. Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  6. "Shafali Verma Becomes Youngest Indian Cricketer To Play All 3 Formats". NDTV. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Shafali Verma profile and biography, stats, records, averages, photos and videos". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  8. Raj, Pratyush (3 October 2019). "India's youngest T20I debutante trained as a boy as no Rohtak academy would admit girls". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  9. "Shafali Verma: Star in a Prodigy's Age, June 24 2021". Yorker World. Retrieved 24 June 2021.[permanent dead link]
  10. "Fifteen-year-old Shafali Verma gets maiden India call-up". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  11. "1st T20I (N), South Africa Women tour of India at Surat, Sep 24 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  12. "Hadlee's nine-for". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  13. "Shafali Verma, India's 15-year-old prodigy". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  14. "India's Shafali Verma, 15, becomes youngest player to score a fifty for country". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  15. "Jemimah, Veda help IND blank WI 5-0 in T20Is". Women's CricZone. Archived from the original on 10 December 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  16. "Kaur, Mandhana, Verma part of full strength India squad for T20 World Cup". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  17. "Fifteen-year-old Shafali Verma awarded BCCI contract". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  18. "India's Senior Women squad for the only Test match, ODI & T20I series against England announced". Board of Control for Cricket in India. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  19. "England v India: Shafali Verma & Indrani Roy in touring squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  20. "Only Test, Bristol, Jun 16 - 19 2021, India Women tour of England". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  21. "Rana heroics deny England as India tail bats out the final day". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  22. "From T20 super star to Test opener: How Shafali Verma stamped her authority in the longer format". Women's CricZone. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  23. "1st ODI, Bristol, Jun 27 2021, India Women tour of England". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 24.7 "Shafali Verma Records, Test match, ODI, T20, IPL international batting bowling fielding records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 September 2021.

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