Experienced pacer Shikha Pandey on Monday stated the Indian staff management has given Shafali Verma the license to play fearless cricket as the teenager sensation produced one other explosive innings to arrange a cushty win in opposition to Bangladesh within the ladies’s T20 World Cup.
The 16-year-outdated Verma smashed a 17-ball 39, together with 4 sixes, to steer India to 142 to six earlier than her bowling colleagues restricted Bangladesh to 124 for eight of their 20 overs to win the match by 18 runs.
While Verma was the star of the present, 19-year-outdated Jemimah Rodrigues additionally impressed with a measured 34 from 37, and Pandey is assured the world shall be seeing extra of the identical from the thrilling younger pair in Australia.
“We have not asked her (Verma) to change anything. She has been given free licence to play her fearless brand of cricket,” Pandey stated.
“She is amazing. At 16, I hadn’t even started training to become a cricketer. I’m very pleased to have such young fearless players in our team. It’s amazing to see them doing what they did for us.”
Pandey, who additionally chipped in by taking two wickets for 14 runs, stated the likes of Verma has no “baggage”.
“There’s no baggage, that’s the biggest thing, and they express themselves so well in the team,” the 30-year-outdated stated.
“We thought we had a great score on the board to defend today because we believe in our bowling department. We knew it would be a tough target for them to reach.”
Captain Harmanpreet Kaur stated she was hopeful that opener Smriti Mandhana, who missed Monday’s match due to sickness, shall be match for his or her subsequent match in opposition to New Zealand on Thursday.
“Hopefully. She is feeling better now, we do have two or three days and I hope she will recover well.” For Bangladesh, Nigar Sultana prime-scored with 35 off 26 balls, however struggled to construct a partnership within the center.
While Sultana was filled with admiration for Verma, she additionally identified the 30-run contribution of Bangladesh’s personal younger star Murshida Khatun on the prime of the order.
“Shafali Verma played absolutely brilliantly. But Murshida Khatun played very well with the bat for us – she’s in good form nowadays,” Joty stated.
“We missed some chances in the field and didn’t bowl well enough in the last five overs. We haven’t played many matches against top eight teams, but we’re a cricketing nation.”