She may have missed the opportunity to make it into the ODI squad of the team, but Shafali Verma ensured her inclusion in the T20I squad turns out to be India’s best decision for the team.
After her scintillating performance against South Africa in the T20I final between the two teams, the youngest player of the Indian women team raced up to the No.1 spot in the ICC T20I batter ranking. She played a 60-run knock of 30 balls to lead India to a thumping victory.
Even though she now reigns as the best T20I batter, the 17-year old has yet to receive her maiden ODI call-up. But according to Verma, that is one of the primary reasons behind her success in the T20 format.
“When I didn’t get a call-up for the one-dayers, I thought there might still be some inadequacy that I need to address. But I didn’t ask anybody – neither the captain nor the coach – about my non-selection,” Shafali Verma said after the final T20I against SA.
The 17-year old is positive about making it into the ODI squad in the near future and added that she is utilizing her time meanwhile to work on all the areas that are keeping her from making her ODI debut.
“I made up my mind I will work more on my fitness and make sure to play according to the balls whenever I get an opportunity in the format. When my name didn’t come up for the one-dayers, I tried to keep my confidence up and motivated myself to play better so I can make it to the 50-over team as well. I wasn’t much disappointed; I just made sure I focused on working harder.”
Verma displayed a consistent performance in the three-match T20I series against South Africa, scoring 23 runs in 22 balls and 47 runs in 31 balls in the first two matches while finishing the series with 50-plus runs.
Speaking on her future plans, Smriti Mandhana’s opening partner said, “The focus would be on spending as much time on the wicket as possible and score as many runs as I can, so I can create a good report of myself.
“No matter what position I get to play in, I will try to extend my innings for as long as possible and score well.”