The British media has praised the Indian women’s team’s 17-year-old opener Shefali Verma. Many newspapers including The Guardian, The Times, BBC and Mail Online have described Shefali as the best female cricketer in the world. The Guardian has said that this young player has taught Indian women cricketers the success mantra and led them on the path of victory. He said that in the coming time, Shefali will make Team India the T20 champion.
Shefali smashes records in all three formats
Shefali has created a flurry of records in all three formats of T20, ODI and Test. She is the Indian batsman to have played the biggest innings in debut test. With this, she became the youngest player to debut in all three formats of cricket (Test, ODI and T20) after making her ODI debut against England this month.
BBC, The Daily Mail also praised
Shefali had scored 96 runs and 63 runs in both the innings of the only Test against England. The Times has said that it was because of Shefali’s innings that Team India could fight back against England even after early wickets fell.
The Daily Mail wrote that the England team was saved from defeat in front of Shefali’s masterclass. Shefali was the highest scorer of 159 runs in a single Test series. BBC wrote that this girl is a brilliant cricketer.
This record in the name of Shefali
- Shefali made her international debut against South Africa in T20 on 24 September 2019. She is the youngest player (female/male) to play T20 matches for India.
- In 2019 itself, he scored fifty in the T20 match against West Indies. She became the youngest Indian cricketer (female/male) to hit a fifty in international cricket. In this case, he broke the 30-year-old record of Sachin Tendulkar.
- Shefali had hit fifty at the age of 15 years 285 days. Whereas Sachin did his first fifty at the age of 16 years 214 days.
- Team India reached the final of the 2020 T20 World Cup. Shefali was also a part of this team at the age of 16 years and 40 days. She became the youngest player (women and men) to play a World Cup final in T20 and ODI formats. Shefali was India’s top scorer in the World Cup.
- Shefali had become the youngest player in the world to become number-1 in the T20 batting rankings in 2020. He achieved this ranking at the age of 16.
- Shefali made her Test debut against England last month. She became the Indian batsman to play the biggest innings in the debut match. Shefali was dismissed after scoring 96 runs in the first innings of the debut test.
- Earlier, Chandrakanta Kaul (75 runs) held the record for playing the biggest innings in the debut Test for India. Which he made in February 1995 against New Zealand in Nelson.
- In the debut test, Shefali along with partner Smriti Mandhana also broke the 37-year-old record. Shefali shared a 167-run partnership with Mandhana for the opening wicket. This is the biggest partnership for the opening wicket for India.
- Earlier this record was in the name of Gargi Banerjee and Sandhya Agarwal. The two had a partnership of 153 runs against Australia in 1984 in Mumbai.
- Shefali and Smriti’s partnership is the second highest partnership for any wicket in India. Thirush Kamini and Poonam Raut hold the record for the largest partnership. The two shared a 275-run partnership for the second wicket against South Africa at Mysore in November 2014.
- The 167-run partnership between Shefali and Smriti is also the second highest opening partnership by any team on away or neutral ground.
- Shefali played 152 balls in her innings of 96 runs. In this he hit 13 fours and 2 sixes. In Women’s Test Cricket, only 3 players have hit 2 sixes in their innings. Apart from Shefali, it includes Australia’s Alyssa Healy (in 2017) and England’s Lauren Winfield Hill (2021).
- Shefali is the 9th player from India to score a fifty in Test debut. They are also the last. Earlier, Shefali had scored fifty in 2014 and Smriti Mandhana in Test debut against England at Wormsley.
- Shefali is the second youngest player to hit a fifty on her overall Test debut. His age was 17 years and 140 days while hitting fifty. This record is in the name of Johamari Logtenberg of South Africa. He played an innings of 74 runs against England in Shenley in 2003 at the age of 14 years and 166 days.
- Shefali is the fourth youngest player to score a fifty in the overall Women’s Test.
- Shefali created history as soon as she entered the ODI against England on June 27. At the age of 17 years and 150 days, she became the youngest player to debut in all three formats of cricket (Test, ODI and T20).
- In this case, Shefali is the world’s 5th player in overall (female-male) cricketers. He achieved this feat in the Bristol ODI against England.
- England’s Sarah Taylor is at number two with her debut at the age of 17 years and 86 days. He is followed by Ellyse Perry (17 years 104 days) of Australia at number three and Mohammad Amir (17 years 108 days) of Pakistan at number four.
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