The Indian cricket teams, both men and women, are in England at the moment and while the men’s cricket team has gone there to play the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand followed by 5-match test series against England, the women cricket team at present is busy playing 3-match ODI series followed by 3-match T20I series. Although the men’s Indian team got defeated by New Zealand in the rain-affected WTC final, the women’s cricket team gave some respite to the Indian cricket fans by drawing the one-off test match against the England cricket team.
Shafali Verma, the young Indian woman cricketer, made the country proud when she played brilliant knocks in both the innings of the one-off test match against England. She scored 96 in the first innings whereas in the second innings, she made 63 runs which helped her team a lot in drawing the match.
Shafali Verma was also a part of the Indian squad which played in the first ODI against England and with this, she became the youngest Indian cricketer to make her debut in all the formats for the country. Shafali’s age was 17 years and 150 days at that time and earlier this record was in the name of Smriti Mandhana who was 18 years and 26 days old.
In the first ODI against England, Shafali Verma was able to play a big innings as she got out for 15 runs after giving a catch to Anya Shrubsole on the bowling of Katherine Brunt. The match was won by England by 8 wickets as the hosts achieved the target of 202 runs with 91 balls remaining in their innings. Mithali Raj was the top scorer for India with 72 runs while Tamsin Beaumont (87 not out) and Nat Sciver (74 not out) played match winning knocks for their team.
However, the Indian cricket fans were pretty annoyed with the broadcasters as they showed the age of Shafali Verma as 28 instead of 17 and this is certainly a big goof-up, especially when she became the youngest Indian cricketer to debut in all the formats.
This is how Twitter users reacted over it:
Sony people are drunk or what 😭 Showing Shafali's age as 28
— Udit (@udit_buch) June 27, 2021
— Ayush Prajapati ✨ (@Ayush19061) June 27, 2021
Shafali's age has shown 28!!! 😑🤣🤣 What is this!#ENGvIND
— Ritwika Dhar (@RituD307) June 27, 2021
Playing like 28 year experienced player so it's showing 😂😂
— ಕನ್ನಡ 🏏CRICZONE 🏏 (@kannadaCriczon) June 27, 2021
Lol wait that introduction is saying age of shafali is 28
— Pratham (@pratham_padu) June 27, 2021
.@SkyCricket – on the screen it said Shafali Verma was 28.
She’s only 17 and it’s pure madness that someone can be so good so young 🤯🤯🤯🤯
— Women's Cricket Chat 🎙🏏 (@WCricketChat) June 27, 2021
Look at the age of Shafali verma, 28??🤔😒
— Priya💙Addict (@impriyafan) June 27, 2021
@SonyTen1HD1 in today’s 1st odi match between india women & eng women …you showed shafali verma age as 28…and commentator mentioned that ..please correct it she is just 17 years old great Indian talent …
— srinivas.rohit (@RohitSeena45) June 27, 2021
What is Shafali Verma's age, just saw 28 on TV?
Isn't she only 17 as of now?😳
— Kriti Bindra (@bindra_kriti) June 27, 2021
— ajaybaviskar (@baviskarajay) June 27, 2021
Umm sky cricket, Shafali is 17 not 28
— Boondi (@Karaboondi) June 27, 2021
A lot is being expected from Shafali and hopefully women’s Indian cricket team will be able to make a comeback in the ODI series as well as play well in the 3-match T20I series.