‘Shafali is fantastic for the game moving forward & for Indian cricket.’


India doesn’t want to worry approximately the future in their batting order.

They have their talented personal teenager of their ranks in Shafali Verma, who has taken the arena by storm with her fearless opening displays in every of India”s three wins.

India defeated New Zealand by means of 3 runs to seal their spot inside the semi-finals with a group game — towards Sri Lanka — still left.

Her 46 runs in opposition to New Zealand took her match tally to 114 after three innings, and at the age of simply 16, she has already scripted a new record. No player has ever scored more runs at a better strike price at a single World Cup than the teenage prodigy with 172.72.

Her three quick-fire innings, where she hit eleven fours and eight sixes, have not handiest urged India to the semi-finals of the World Cup, but additionally drawn reward from the format”s most a success batter in Suzie Bates.

“As a senior player, you love to peer a youngster pop out and hit the ball difficult,” stated Bates.

“I assume India has been looking for a person like her on the pinnacle of the order for an extended time. She”s just going to get higher and higher.

“I think we bowled reasonably nicely at her and were given unlucky. She”s awesome for the sport moving forward and for Indian cricket. She”s so younger and has such a lot of games beforehand of her that she will dominate,” she added.

Verma may also have already laid her stake as a future megastar of the women’s game, but, if each person becomes going to rain on her parade in Melbourne, it just had to be New Zealand”s, Amelia Kerr.

It actually became a story of young adults as New Zealand”s 19-year-antique leg-spinner became the best one capable of preventing Verma in her tracks, taking the innings-converting wicket in the 14th over to finish with figures of two for 21.

In doing so, Kerr broke yet extra records — turning into the primary participant at a Women’s T20 World Cup to score at least 25 runs, take two wickets and two catches within the same match.

“Verma and Kerr are a similar form of a player,” stated Bates.

“You don’t find many gamers who come into worldwide cricket at the age of 16 around the world.

“We’ve were given the likes of Sophie (Devine) who whacks it pretty tough while she receives the chance, but we adore having kids come thru who are capable of doing the same.”

Anyone who became as much as the Junction Oval to look Devine destroy sixes could have left disappointed because the White Ferns skipper became dismissed for 14 after mistiming a complete toss to point.

Her aspect was left reeling at 39 for there whilst their pinnacle order of Devine, Bates and Rachel Priest all fell before the midway mark, and with the skilled Maddy Green and Katey Martin slow in choosing up the pace, they knew it would take something unique to produce a comeback.

But that”s wherein Kerr got herein.

The game looked to be carried out and dusted, but the 19-year-antique defied all odds to installation a nerve-wracking finale, striking four boundaries within the penultimate over to put victory back at the table.