The most recent star to rock the world of women’s cricket is India’s opener Shafali Verma. The 19-year-old was acquired by Delhi Capitals in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) Auction in Mumbai on Monday for an astounding INR 2 crore. Many clubs were drawn to Shafali’s outstanding potential, with Delhi and Royal Challengers Bangalore engaging in a bidding war for the opener.
Shafali Verma became the youngest player to play for India in an international match when she made her T20I debut in 2019. She succeeded in the feat across formats, and her effect was seen right away. Shafali has excelled above all expectations in the T20I format. She achieved 1000 T20I runs in October 2022, becoming her the youngest player to do so.
Shafali Verma Picked By Delhi Capitals
She became the third Indian to accomplish this milestone most quickly, behind Mithali Raj and Jemimah Rodrigues, in just 43 matches.
Another indication of Shafali’s skill is her hitting strike rate. With a strike rate of 134.46, she has the best strike rate among all female players with more than 1000 career runs. Shafali’s excellent play also extends to the international stage; last month, she led the U-19 side to win in the first-ever ICC Women’s Under-19 World Cup in South Africa, ending India’s ICC trophy drought.
The 19-year-old, who is now one of the most feared hitters in women’s T20Is, has played for India in 51 of these matches and has amassed over 1200 runs at an exceptional strike rate of 134.53. At the top of the lineup, she is a dangerous hitter who has the ability to win the game in an instant.
In addition, Shafali Verma helped India win the Under 19 Women’s T20 World Cup, which just ended. She finished third in the competition in terms of runs scored, scoring 172 runs with a mind-boggling strike rate of 93.25.