Chavali Verma breaks 30-year-old Sachin Tendulkar’s record with first half century
On this day, three years ago, 15-year-old Shafali Verma created a sensation among the country’s cricket fraternity by becoming the youngest cricketer from India – male or female – to score half a century internationally. With her record 50, Shafali also surpassed her ‘idol’ and 30-year-old Indian maestro and beat maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
When Shafali recorded this feat she was only 15 years and 285 days old. Before her, the record was with Tendulkar, who broke his first international half centuries at the age of 16 years and 214 days.
Chafali’s 73-time knockout from 49 balls also power India Women’s 84-time win over West Indies Women at Darren Sami National Cricket Ground. Interestingly enough, it was Chafali’s fifth T20 match in international cricket. However, one could argue that Chavali has over 20 game experience with the way she put the West Indies team’s attack to the sword limit.
Shefley’s gourds were studded with four long sixes and six fours.
Chafali came to this match on the back of a decent performance against the South African women a month ago. In only the second game of her international career, she had hit South African bowlers across the park en route to her previous highest score of 46 passes in Surat.
Shafali’s start to this game was good. However, she exploded in the second part of the match that Shakira Salman threw by smashing two blocks and one six. Next, Chenell targeted Henry by smashing four limits and in the process she raced to 43 points from just 18 balls in a powerplay.
The Haryana girl also added another record to her name in that game by scoring 143 opening wickets with the smashing Smriti Mandhana. It was also India’s highest-grossing script partnership in the T20Is.
Riding through the exploits of Mandhana and Shafali, Women in Blue recorded a total of 185 challenges to lose four wickets in the 20 times assigned to them after being asked to hit first by the home team.
In response, India Women tied the West Indies 101 times for a loss of nine wickets.
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