Cricket first came into the limelight when Team India won the 1983 world cup. Post that there has been no looking back, became a religion for the citizens and the players as Demi-God. But in recent past, we have witnessed the evolution of Indian women cricket and produced maverick cricketers who made their name in the international arena such as Anjum Chopra, Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jhulan Goswami and Smriti Mandhana to name a few who have broken economic, social, and men-centric obstacles to speak to the nation.
15-year-old cricketer Shafali Verma cricket journey was not an easy road and had to disguise herself as a boy and prime reason being there was no academy for girls back home.o get proper cricket coaching, she had to chop her hair on the instructions of her father, Sanjeev Verma as major academy refused to roll them in their cricket academy. Her father owns a jewellery shop, recollected the tough time and was quoted saying that, “No one was ready to induct her in any academy because there was not a single one for girls in Rohtak. I begged them to give her a chance but in vain,” recalled Sanjeev, who runs a small jewellery shop in Rohtak. “I knocked on the doors of a lot of cricket academies but all I got was rejection. I decided to cut her hair, and took her to one of the academies and got her enrolled there as a boy.”
Shafali Verma has lit up the Women’s T20 World Cup with her performances and let to Team India Reaching the semi-finals without losing a match. She is the third-highest run-scorer in the tournament at an astonishing strike-rate of 161. Post playing about 18 Twenty20 innings for India, she has hit 58 fours and 21 sixes, and in doing so became 2nd Indian after Mithali Raj to top Women’s T20I Rankings after World Cup exploits. She also edged the name in the history by is the youngest Indian ever – in men’s and women’s cricket – to be ranked No. 1 in any ICC Player Rankings table.
Teenage Indian Batting sensation Jumped 19 places and surpassed former New Zealand captain Suzie Bates to earn the top spot with 761 points. She has been one of the top performers in the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia scoring 161 runs in four matches with an average of 40.25. She is a force of nature and viewed as the new face of the India women’s team.
Team India Continue their unbeaten run in maiden ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final as the semi-final clash vs England cricket team was washed out at Sydney Cricket Ground, today. Persistent rainfall starting from the morning delayed the toss and as a result, the semi-final was called off without a ball being bowled. Under Harmanpreet Kaur captaincy Team India had topped Group A with four wins, on the other hand, England finished second in Group B with three wins and a defeat. The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final will take place on March 8.