India Women opener Shafali Verma became the youngest cricketer to use her trade in all formats of the game when she made her debut during a one-day match England Women on Sunday 27 June.
Shafali was only 17 years and 150 days old when she achieved this feat. The India Cricket Management Board (BCCI) tweeted an image of the moment Rohtak was born handing over cap number 131 from her skipper Mithali Raj.
“A proud moment for the thunderstorm @TheShafaliVerma when she got #TeamIndia 131 from captain @ M_Raj03. Here’s the hope that she’s having a crushing debut. # ENGvsIND, ” tweeted the BCCI.
– BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 27 June 2021
Broadcast channels such as SONY TIEN in India and SKY SPORT in England said she was 28 years old when she came in to bat.
Indian fans were furious about this folly and turned to Twitter to point out the mistake.
Look at the age of Shafali verma, 28 ?? 🤔😒
– Priya💙Addict (@impriyafan) 27 June 2021
Umm heaven cricket, Shafali is 17 and not 28
– Boondi (araKaraboondi) 27 June 2021
Lol wait that introduction says that the age of shafali is 28
– Pratham (pratham_padu) 27 June 2021
Shafali’s age showed 28 !!! 😑🤣🤣 What is it!# ENGvIND
– Ritwika Dhar (@ RituD307) 27 June 2021
People from Sony are drunk or what 😭 shows that Shafali is 28
– Udit (@udit_buch) 27 June 2021
What is Shafali Verma’s age, just 28 seen on TV?
Is she not even 17 from now on? 😳
– Kriti Bindra (@bindra_kriti) 27 June 2021
Ayush Prajapati (@ Ayush19061) 27 June 2021
@ SonyTen1HD1 in today’s 1st odi match between india women and narrow women … you showed the age of 28 on Shafali as 28 … and commentator said that … fix it
– srinivas.rohit (@ RohitSeena45) 27 June 2021
Shafali Verma 28 years old? 🥴 #ENGWvINDW
– Troy Rodríguez (@begoodpeopleof) 27 June 2021
.@SkyCricket – on the screen it says that Shafali Verma was 28.
She’s only 17 and it’s pure madness that someone could be so good so young 🤯🤯🤯🤯
– Women’s Cricket Chat 🎙🏏 (@WCricketChat) 27 June 2021
Meanwhile, Shafali failed to prove her steel in the first ODI as she was fired for a mere 14-ball 15 by Katherine Brunt. The English pacemaker bowled a short delivery after which Shafali had the highest point Anya bush mid-on.
India awarded a respectable 201/8 position in their fifty overs, but England Women chased it comfortably in 34.5 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Shafali impressed everyone earlier with her home game during the one-off Test against English Women when she beat 96 and 63 in the two overs. Indian women fought a brave battle and drew the red ball match.
India Women will pull up their socks for the second meeting of the ODI series of three matches taking place on Wednesday (June 30) in Taunton.