Shafali Verma has not solely lit up the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup together with her explosive batting however the “naughty” teenager has additionally added immense happiness and positivity to the Indian group off the sphere, feels captain Harmanpreet Kaur.
The 16-year-outdated Verma has scored 161 runs at a shocking strike charge of 161 in Australia, setting the tone for India’s 4 Group A victories with fearless batting regardless of being in her first international match.
Ahead of Thursday’s semi-remaining showdown with England on the Sydney Cricket Ground, her captain acknowledged what the recent-confronted teenager has supplied India behind the scenes.
“She’s very naughty, gets so much happiness and positivity to the team, always wants to enjoy it,” Kaur mentioned.
“And when batting with her she’s motivating you and releasing pressure, that kind of player you need in your team. Whoever is playing, wants to play for the country and give their best, she’s enjoying for the team,” she added.
Kaur mentioned since this Indian facet has been collectively for some time, it has now constructed a conducive atmosphere for kids like Verma to prosper.
“Now this group has been collectively for a very long time, we study loads from one another, study loads of cricket. It makes it simpler for gamers reminiscent of Shafali as a result of when anyone enters the group, they see everyone seems to be working collectively.
“They additionally really feel good and strive to do what others are doing,”she mentioned.
The skipper, herself identified to be an influence-hitter, has endured a poor begin to the match by failing to attain double digit scores.
Kaur insisted that everybody within the group is being handed out their roles to be certain that the facet continues to carry out effectively.
“Right now, what we are trying to do, is give individual roles so that everyone can come and perform for the team. I didn’t perform with the bat but the team is doing well and we are enjoying that. That is more important for us.” Verma has definitely been in kind Down Under however there’s no getting away from India’s disappointing ladies’s T20 World Cup file in opposition to England.
They have by no means crushed Heather Knight’s facet within the competitors, a run which incorporates an eight-wicket defeat within the 2018 semifinals.
But India are driving a wave in Australia, with a gap-evening victory over the hosts paving the way in which for a flawless group stage.
“After losing the last semifinal, as a team we realised that we have to work as a unit, and right now you will see that our team is working as a unit and we are not reliant on just one or two players,” Kaur mentioned. “We just need to keep doing the right things and just focus on the right things instead of worrying about the past. We cannot change that, we are looking positive and I hope we will play as a team and try to win,” she added. PTI APA PM PM