Shafali Verma, a 16-year-old ‘lady Sehwag’ is winning hearts of cricket fans with explosive batting

Ankit Kumar
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Shafali Verma aka lady Sehwag
Shafali Verma aka lady Sehwag

Shafali Verma is being called lady-Sehwag for her batting approach in powerplay


Till Virendra Sehwag came to play in the International cricket, first few overs meant blocking the balls until the ball loses its shine. But when Sehwag started opening for India, he changed the rule. He started hitting the ball to demolish the shine from the ball and remove the possibility of swing. He started a new trend, and Shafali Verma is doing the same for Women cricket.

Women’s Cricket if compared to Men’s cricket, seems 20 years behind in terms of the approach of batting. The strike rate of 120 for a batter is considered very good in women T20 cricket, which is below-par in men’s cricket right now. Smriti Mandhana is considered one of the most explosive batter in the Indian team and her strike rate in T20 is 119.12.

Shafali has an impressive average of 172 in ongoing Women World Cup 2020

The 16-year-old right-handed batter Shafali Verma has brought a revolution in Women Cricket with some explosive innings. She has three innings of 29 from 15, 39 from 17 and 46 from 34, which includes 11 fours and 8 sixes with a breath-taking strike rate of 172.72 in the ongoing t20 world cup.

With her efforts, India has scored a major chunk of runs in the powerplay, ultimately helping the middle order batter to take their time. India has booked the seat of the semi-final after winning all the three matches, Shafali has been awarded Player of the match in two of those matches.

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The career strike rate of Shafali is very impressive at 147.97. In 17 T20 matches. She has scored 438 runs including 20 sixes and 51 fours.  The young batter has the ability to clean the boundaries easily and can also hit humongous sixes. She has impressed the world cricket fraternity with her performances in the ongoing T20 World Cup.

After three matches, she is third in the list of top-run getters in the tournament. Although, she is yet to score a big inning in the tournament. People have started calling her the lady-Sehwag for her approach early in the innings. Virendra Sehwag  has himself declared Shafali a rockstar.

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