Shafali Verma’s spectacular debut has captured the imagination of the Indian women’s Test captain Mithali Raj, who believes that the teenager will henceforth be an important member of the team in all forms of the game.
The 17-year-old man, who hit a full 96 in the first innings, made 63 in the second innings, becoming the youngest woman and fourth overall to score two halves of the century in her debut Test. -of-the-match.
“She will be very, very important for the Indian batting unit in all formats. She has adapted this format nicely,” Mithali said in a virtual media interaction after India then drew in the one-off Test against England.
“She did not like how she would bonkers in the T20 format. She played sensibly against the new ball and it’s great to have her.” Asked what prompted the Indian team management to offer Verma a Test debut in England, Mithali said: ‘She has a huge range of shots, and she can be very, very effective in a format like this if she’s on the corridor is coming. we could see that the score would be somewhere else if she got going.
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“Once we knew it was a used wicket and that there would not be much movement, we thought it would be a good time to give her a Test debut, and she did it.” Mithali hit the young starting button in the second innings ahead of her first innings score of 96 as the teenager showed the greatest calmness and maturity.
“The fifty (second innings) came with a little more sorted head and a little more experience. Those sweet time trials, it was beautiful to watch her. I’m sure she’s going to grow from strength to strength in the future.” In response to England’s first innings score of 396 for 9, India, who played their very first Test in seven years, collapsed from 167 to 231, without a loss, with the good start that Verma and Smriti Mandhana gave.
After the time India had a notorious collapse after the fifties of Verma and Deepti Sharma, and they stared at a loss before debutants Sneh Rana (80 not out) and wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia (44 not out ) frustrated the English bowlers to play an exciting role. sign in the final session.
Sneh Rana shines during his Test debut in Bristol, hitting the first half of the first century
Rana, who played her first game in five years for India, made a surprising debut and Mithali said the auctioneer’s ability to bat clinched it for her. “It was important for us to choose spinners who did well because we did not have much of a camp or tournament. Sneh (Rana) bowled very well with Deepti. Her bonus was that she was a batter. and we wanted to extend our batting order. ‘
The Indian veteran also supports her English counterpart, Heather Knight, for a five-day test format for women’s cricket. “It’s a good idea to have a five – day Test, but we really need to start a Test match regularly. It’s important to have a Test match in a series, and then you can take it to five – day Tests.
“It’s going well with me because it gives more chances on a result. But I would prefer to have a Test match in every series and take it from there,” Mithali said.
India extended the unbeaten streak against English women to 26 with this draw, and Mithali said the visitors’ excellent performance would put the home side on the back foot in the series for limited overs.
India now play three ODIs and as many T20Is against England starting the first game here on 27 June.
“Psychologically, I think it’s a big boost and will definitely put England on their feet, because they know that although the main batsmen did not perform, the bottom middle order has risen,” she said.
“The Indian batting line-up is deep now and it is not just the top order. The lower middle order could also include batting and a match-winning partnership,” she said.
India women play their very first pink ball test at the WACA in Australia in September, and Mithali said the recent set-off match against England was good for them. “These girls even showed up with a lack of practice with the red ball and the longer format, they got up and performed. I think we will have confidence in the next Tests. I know it’s a pink ball test, but preparation will be equally important.
“That said, the mental space these young girls are in after today’s performance will have a very positive impact, and it will get longer for the upcoming Pink Ball test,” she concluded.