A 17 years old sensation from Rohtak, storming into the test side, opening the innings and scoring back to back half-centuries in the debut test match against England in England speaks volumes of her potential and prodigy and is a reason to believe why is she a part of the Indian Test team. (Not to forget she fell short of 4 runs of a century in the first innings).
She has impressed everyone. Her explosive and fearless approach gives a glimpse of the Nawab of Najafgarh Sehwag, both in the manner in which she scores the runs and also some of the shorts she plays give a glimpse of him. The attempt of hitting the ball out of the park while on 96 itself determines that she is so clear in her thought process that it does not matter to her whether she is in her 90’s, or a debut match or on her way to her debut hundred.Even the Fielding coach of the Men’s team was excited watching Shafali play
“Shafali, so much reminds us of Viru (Virender Sehwag), doesn’t she? The way she plays and her mindset is so clear, so we are enjoying the innings from Shafali. I wish she had got a hundred in the first innings”
Sridhar said at the virtual press conference after the first day of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand was called off due to rain.
A glimpse at her career so far:
“I would like to thank each and every one of you for your kind words of support and for your wishes. It would not be possible to respond to each message individually. I am proud to be a part of this team and such wonderfully supportive teammates and support staff. I know my father, my family, my Association, my team and the academy will miss those 4 runs more than me but I will make it up to them on other occasions. They have all been a huge support!”
Even in her tweet, she is not much concerned about the opportunity she missed of scoring a century on debut just missing out by 4 runs as she has a strong belief in herself that she will get many more opportunities and she will grab it with both hands.
Back Story of her being so aggressive hitter-
It goes back to her growing days where she and her brother used to practice. Her father had attached an incentive – whoever hits more sixes will get Rs. 10 or Rs.15 as a reward. The reason she is doing well now is because of her hard work and choosing the right balls
Given the way she is playing, her age and fitness level, the opportunities that have opened up for the Indian Women’s team and the exposure they are getting, she would go on to be G.O.A.T
Wishing Shafali and the entire women’s team the best for the current ongoing test match against England.