Shafali Verma has 114 runs in ongoing T20 World Cup at a strike rate of 172.72.

India women’s opener Shafali Verma is making the world sit up and notice her at the age of 16, thanks to her belligerent batting since her debut last year. She has 438 runs in just 17 WT20Is with two half-centuries at a strike rate of 147.97.

Her batting style has often been compared to that of India’s explosive batsman Virender Sehwag. Shafali tends to take advantage of the powerplay overs quite well and hits over the inner circle giving Indian team flying starts. Her 34-ball 46 against New Zealand took India to their third win in three games — and made India the first team to qualify for the semi-final.

Women’s T20WC 2020: Shafali Verma thanks her dad and all boys she has practiced with after Player of Match performance

She has hit 8 sixes so far and has 114 runs in 3 matches at a strike rate of 172.72 and the highest score of 46. Shafali’s stroke batting has earned praise from all quarters but none bigger than the one coming from the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

Fantastic performance by our Flag of India team to become the first team to enter the semi-final of #T20WorldCup. It was a tight game and we played well under pressure. Was great to see @TheShafaliVerma play yet another crucial knock,” tweeted Tendulkar.

To this, Shafali replied, “Thank you sir for your kind words and support! I’ll keep giving my best for the team sir Flag of India.

Shafali also received praise from Virender Sehwag as well, who tweeted, “Wah bhai Wah ! Great effort by the girls to hold on to their nerves and beat New Zealand and qualify for the semi finals of the #T20WorldCup. Shafali Verma is a rockstar. Anand aa raha hai ladkiyon ka performance dekhne mein.

Shafali humbly replied to Sehwag and tweeted, ”Appreciate your kind words sir. Your support means a lot to us. Thank you Virender Sehwag.