Smriti Mandhana praises Shafali Verma for her powerful performance

India Women’s opener Shafali Verma has topped all expectations with two fifties in her Test debut against England Women in an only-off test.

India Women’s opener Shafali Verma has topped all expectations with two fifties in her Test debut against England Women in an only-off test. In the first innings, she played a sensational knock of 96-runs, followed by unbeaten 55 runs in the second innings at the end of Day 3.

Virender Sehwag took down to Twitter and said he is “enjoying watching” Indian women cricket team young opener. He tweeted: “Day one of #WTCFinal2021 called off but enjoying watching Shafali Varma in the #INAEvsENGW Test. A delight to watch the fearlessness.”

Star opener Smriti Mandhana, who played a record-breaking 167-run partnership with Shafali Verma in the first innings, is impressed with the youngster’s approach in the red-ball game. Speaking at a virtual press conference, Smriti Mandhana said: “It’s quite impressive to watch her bat from the other end and also to bat along. I think we both are very similar to keep things simple, so we really don’t discuss much batting in middle.”

“The kind of maturity Shafali has displayed at this stage of her career is good for Indian cricket. It is always amazing to watch the way she plays her shots and I hope she keeps going the same way,” Smriti added.

In the second innings, after Smriti Mandhana got out cheaply for 8 runs, team management promotes Deepti Sharma to bat at no. 3. speaking on this Mandhana applaud Deepti and Shafali Verma for batting until the end and putting India Women’s team in a good position. They were 83/1 at stumps and still trailing by 82 runs.

“Shafali and Deepti stitched a good partnership at the end, so I think at the end we were in a good position. I think the condition changed slightly but it wasn’t swinging that much that it wasn’t playable or something. The conditions are still good to bat on,” Smriti Mandhana said

Smriti Mandhana showed disappointment, as she got out early in the second innings. “I got out before lunch so yeah I am disappointed, would love to stay there and come back fresh tomorrow to bat again,” she concluded.

 

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