Shafali Verma is an Indian professional cricketer who opens the innings for the Indian Women Cricket Team. She is a rare talent who stamps her authority on the bowlers with her aggressive batting style and impactful knocks. Shafali is deservedly on top of the ICC T20I rankings for Women. Given the freedom to play her natural game, she rocked the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup with her blistering knocks at the top of the order as India went on to finish runners-up to Australia.
Shafali is yet to make her Test and ODI debut. She has been included in all three forms of the game ahead of the upcoming tour of England, a welcome change, especially for her fans.
Shafali was born on 28 January 2004 in Rohtak, Haryana. The 17-year-old prodigy is a key contributing factor to the revival of interest in Women’s cricket.
She is 5 feet 4 inches tall (162cms).
Just one look at that strike rate tells you what a devastating batter Shafali is. Often likened to the legendary Virender Sehwag, she bats fearlessly and sends the run-rate flying in the opening overs which is essential in the shortest format of the game. She bats right-handed and her favorite shot is stepping out and hitting a boundary.
She belongs to a middle-class Hindu family who loves cricket. Her father, Sanjeev Verma runs a jewelry shop in Rohtak. According to Shafali, he has been her biggest support who also trained her for three years. Her mother, Praveen Bala, is a homemaker. She has two brothers. Shafali is now fulfilling her parent’s dream of playing for India on the international stage.
Shafali started playing cricket at the mere age of 8 and at just 13, represented Haryana’s U-19 cricket team. She became the youngest cricketer to play for India at the age of 15, when she made her debut against South Africa in September 2019 in a T20I international. Two months later versus West Indies, the teen sensation broke her inspiration Sachin Tendulkar’s record as she became the youngest player to hit an international half-century for India.
Besides giving the bowlers a run for their money, her hobbies are traveling, listening to music, and reading. Her Instagram handle is shafalisverma17