17-Year-Old Shafali Verma Trained With Haryana Men’s Team to Enhance Footwork

17-Year-Old Shafali Verma Trained With Haryana Men's Team to Enhance Footwork

17-year-old Indian women’s team opener Shafali Verma has revealed that how competing against her men counterparts has taken her game a notch above. This youngster was allowed to practice with Haryana’s state men’s team and that has certainly benefited her.

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Speaking to ANI, she said:”The reason behind the fast foot movement is the time I spent with the Haryana men’s team ahead of the Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. I cannot thank the Haryana Cricket Association enough for allowing me to train with the team. What it did was that it helped my decision-making power at the crease as I was facing fast bowlers who were touching close to the 140kph mark. So, I had that extra second to decide if I wanted to go back or play off the front foot when I played the T20I series,” she explained.

She praised the likes of Mohit Sharma and Ashish Hooda and revealed that the pacers made life difficult for her in the nets.

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“Yes, initially it was difficult and I was getting hurried at the nets. But towards the end of the camp, I was middling the ball and that is when I knew that this worked. It was quite an experience to play with the men’s team and has put me in a position wherein I have benefitted immensely,” she smiled.

Aggressive batting comes naturally to her, declared world’s number one T20I batswoman Shafali Verma on Tuesday after powering India to an easy nine-wicket win over South Africa in the third and final match here.The 17-year-old, who regained the number one spot in the ICC T20I batswomen rankings on Tuesday, was named player of the series after knocks of 23, 47 and 60.

“I always practise (power-hitting) and work hard on my batting. Ever since I started holding a bat, I have loved to play attackingly. That’s how it works for me,” the big-hitting Shafali said after the match.


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