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Shafali Verma is enjoying playing against the Australians

Shafali Verma during India (Women) vs Australia (Women) third T20 at CCI Stadium in Mumbai | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI

Shafali Verma expected to captain India in the inaugural Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup in South Africa. His focus at the moment is on the two remaining matches with the senior Indian team in the series against Australia.

He had made his maiden T20I fifty against Australia in the third match of the series at the Brabourne Stadium here, but his dismissal proved to be a turning point as India lost the match by 21 runs to go down 1-2 .

“I always enjoy playing against Australia,” said Shafali on the eve of his 50th T20I. “When I play against Australia it’s like playing against boys. They’ll get you if you make even the slightest mistake against them.”

Shafali Verma during India (Women) vs Australia (Women) third T20 at CCI Stadium in Mumbai.

Shafali Verma during India (Women) vs Australia (Women) third T20 at CCI Stadium in Mumbai. | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI

He added that he learned a lot from playing against the Australians. “You have to be careful and be at your best,” he said. “The satisfaction I get from scoring against Australia, I don’t get against other teams.”

Looking forward to Saturday’s fourth T20I, he said it will be an important match for India. “We’re all working hard,” he said. “We are improving every day and we will give our best.”

Shafali says that the past year has been difficult for her. “I worked with my coach back in my hometown and that helped me a lot,” he said.

Shafali Verma during India (Women) vs Australia (Women) third T20 at CCI Stadium in Mumbai.

Shafali Verma during India (Women) vs Australia (Women) third T20 at CCI Stadium in Mumbai. | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI

About the Under-19 World Cup, he said he was excited. “I concentrated on the two matches here and I feel a good performance here will give me confidence,” she said. Of course I’m excited for the Under-19 World Cup. The team has started a group.”

Australian coach Shelley Nitschke said her team had seen Shafali grow over the years. “She is having a great series, and we have all seen Richa Ghosh in this series,” he said. “This is definitely good for India in the future. It pushes our group also, challenges us.”

Sushil Tiwari

Sushil Tiwari is Content researcher for Sports section on BrNews.co.in.

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