Shafali Verma, one of the nation’s brightest young players, is taking the Women’s Premier League 2023 one game at a time. Verma dominates the news whenever Delhi Capitals are on the pitch, and for all the right reasons.
Verma has 179 runs for the Delhi Capitals in five games of the WPL 2023 while playing in a brilliant form. The squad paid 2 crores to acquire Verma.
Shafali Verma WPL 2023 Performance
Verma scored 10 boundaries and five maximums during his innings, which helped DC finish the 106-run chase in just 7.1 overs. Verma scored two early half-centuries to lead DC to a 60-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening WPL 2023 game. She and skipper Meg Lanning’s explosive partnership at the start of the season allowed DC to overwhelm Bangalore’s bowling unit with a 162-run stand for the first wicket. Verma lived up to her reputation, scoring 84 runs off 45 balls with 10 fours and 4 sixes during the game.
Verma’s innings of 76 off 28 balls in the Delhi Capitals vs. Gujarat Giants game was a ferocious show of power game. Lanning was heard stating things like “I didn’t see that coming” or “I was just cheerleading” after seeing Verma chase an innings of that nature.
“Shafali was undoubtedly (in a hurry). I was merely clapping from the other end, but that was pretty wonderful to watch. I’ve seen some of the cleanest hitting. Terrific knock, Lanning remarked after the game during a press conference.
Shafali Verma’s profile
Verma first gained attention in October 2022 when she set a new record and became the youngest player to achieve 1000 runs in Twenty-20 International. At the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium for the Asia Cup 2022 versus Bangladesh, she scored 55 runs off 44 balls, including five boundaries and two sixes.
Verma reached the 1000-run mark at the age of 18 years and 253 days and is currently the seventh-ranked T20I hitter in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s T20I rankings. With the new record, she also became the fifth Indian player to join the 1000+ T20I runs club, breaking Jemimah Rodrigues’ previous mark of 21 years and 32 days after playing against Australia in October 2021, who was the youngest player to do so. The other members of the club are Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, and Mithali Raj, who achieved the feat of scoring 1000 runs in 40 innings the quickest.
India won the 2023 ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup with Verma serving as captain.