New Delhi: Fifteen-year-old Shafali Verma, who has been included within the Indian womens squad for the upcoming three-match T20I collection in opposition to South Africa, says she all the time needed to play for the nationwide aspect ever since she determined to take the bat in her hand on the age of 10.
Shafali, who has been inducted into the Indian aspect following Mithali Raj’s retirement from T20 cricket, informed IANS that folks had so much to say when she began enjoying cricket throughout her youthful days as she is a lady and cricket in India continues to be seen predominantly as a sport performed by boys.
“There were people who had a to say to my father when I began playing cricket. However, he didn’t listen to them and allowed me to play,” Shafali mentioned.
“It was my father who trained me in the beginning. It was my dream as well as my father’s that I should play for India at the international stage,” she added with a way of pleasure.
The 15-year-old from Rohtak has been picked for the nationwide aspect following her success on the Girls’s T20 Problem and the age-group stage cricket earlier this yr.
Shafali has thus far performed three seasons for Haryana and has caught the eye of many owing to her batting prowess on the opening slot.
The opener says that to be able to play for India, she knew she needed to carry out in Girls’s T20 Problem and her knock of 34 off 31 balls for Velocity in Jaipur earlier this yr was simply what the physician ordered. Following her knock, she had even earned excessive reward from her teammate, England’s Danni Wyatt.
“In order to play for India, I needed to perform and score big in IPL. It was needed from me to help my team win,” mentioned Shafali.
“IPL is a great platform and I was determined enough to perform there and make my way into the Indian dressing room,” she added, emphasizing how essential the event has turn into for budding cricketers throughout the nation in the direction of realising their goals to play for the nation.
By Aakash Kumar