Indian women's team has had a great start to the opening game of their Commonwealth Games campaign against Australia. The opening duo of Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana had a decent start. But the Aussies soon pounced as they took out Mandhana after a quickfire 24 and then Yastika Bhatia for eight.
The 2022 World Cup winners were on track to scalp the third wicket when Alyssa Healy was presented with one of the clearest of stumping chances. Verma got caught up as the ball went down the leg-side while she was out of the crease.
But here, Healy had taken off the bails with the glove that didn't have the ball in it. She immediately hit the stumps with the right glove too but as the bails were already off, and Shafali Verma was inside the line.
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I have been a big fan of her game: Raj
Shafali Verma has been one of the top young players in the country since her first sightings in the women's exhibition match that was played towards the end of IPL 2019. Recently, former India women's team captain Mithali Raj heaped praise on the 18-year-old.
While speaking on ICC’s 100% Cricket podcast, she said, “I have been a big fan of her game. I have seen that she’s one player who has the ability to win the game single-handedly for India against any attack and any team. She is one of those players that you get to see probably once in a generation.”