Shafali Verma is the youngest cricket player to play in all three cricket formats at a very young age. In 2019, when she was just 15 years old, she played for the Indian Women’s Twenty20 International team. Let’s look into Shafali Verma’s biography, which includes personal and career life information.
|Full name||Shafali Verma|
|Date of Birth||28-Jan-2004|
|Place of Birth||Rohtak, Haryana, India|
|Hometown||Rohtak, Haryana, India|
|Languages Known||Hindi, English|
|Height||166 cm (in centimetres)|
1.66 m (in meters)
5’5” (in feet inches)
|Weight||55 kg or 121.25 lbs|
|School||Mandeep Senior Secondary School, Rohtak, Haryana|
|Educational Qualification||10 std|
|Marital Status||Not Married|
Shafali Verma – Career Information
Before debuting in international cricket matches, Shafali Verma played for Velocity in the Women’s T20 Challenge. In 2019, when India competed against South Africa in a WT20I match, Shafali began her Twenty20 International career. She was just 15 years old at that time.
On the 16th of June, our right-handed batswoman played her first Test innings in her cricket career when India matched up against England in 2021. Shafali Verma has scored 96 runs in her first test match. In the second test innings, she scored 63 runs, and in total, she scored 159 runs, which helped her get the ‘Player of the match’ award.
On the 27th of June, Shafali Verma made her debut in the Women’s One Day International match when India faced off against England in 2021. And in the year 2022, she will also play for the Indian Women’s team in the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022.
Shafali Verma- Career Information
|International||Test – 16 June 2021 vs England|
ODI – 27 June 2021 vs England
T20 – 24 September 2019 vs South Africa
|Jersey Number||17 (India)|
|Teams Played||Haryana (2017/18-present)|
Birmingham Phoenix (2021)
Sydney Sixers (2021/22-present)
|Awards||Emerging Player of the Year from BBC|
|Salary||INR 10 lakhs approximately (Grade C)|
|Net Worth||INR 11 Crores approximately|
Shafali Verma – Batting Career Summary:
Being the youngest women’s cricket player, Shafali Verma has scored a fifty in International cricket. She is the youngest to make her debut in the T20I match. Considering both women’s and men’s cricket Shafali is the youngest cricketer to play for India in Test, ODI and T20I format matches.
|Test (2021- present)||2||4||0||242||96||60.5||62.0||0||3||34||3|
|ODI (2021- present)||15||15||0||367||56||24.5||80.5||0||3||52||3|
|T20I (2019| present)||30||30||1||731||73||25.2||138.7||0||3||87||33|
Shafali Verma – Twin Fifties
Shafali Verma, in her test debut match, scored an ‘almost’ century in the first innings against England. And in her second test innings, she scored a ‘fifty.’ In the match’s first innings, Shafali scored 96 runs out of 152 balls. And in the match’s second innings, Shafali scored 55 runs out of 68 balls, with 11 boundaries packed. Just like her favourite cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, who scored twin fifties in his first Test match, Shafali scored two fifties.
Shafali Verma – Batting Style
|Batting Style||Right handed bat|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm off break|
|Playing Role||Opening Batswoman|
Shafali Verma – Family Details
|Father Name||Sanjeev Verma|
|Mother Name||Praveen Bala|
|Brother Name||Sahil Verma|
Shafali’s father, to motivate her, would award 5 rupees for each six she hit. Sanjeev Verma wanted to be a cricket player during his early stage of life, but life didn’t give chance and support to him, to become one.
Shafali Verma – Unknown Facts
- Shafali Verma’s love for cricket started at a very young age, let’s say, at 8. In the growing years, Shafali disguised as his brother in one tournament to play cricket. She performed too well and won the player of the tournament award.
- Boys refused to play cricket with Shafali Verma because it is easy to get hurt in the sport of cricket. So, Shafali planned and cut his hair and disguise it as his brother to play cricket. She did this until everyone began to recognize her for her talents.
- Shafali’s love for Sachin Tendulkar is not so little. When she went to watch Tendulkar’s last Ranji Trophy match, she pledged that she would practice and play like him for India in the future. She waited to see Sachin that day, but unfortunately, she couldn’t.
- Shafali Verma joined Ram Narayan Cricket Club, which is in Rohtak. But her coach, after seeing her awesome skills, promoted her to Elite Group.
In a T20 match played against the West Indies team, Shafali Verma scored her maiden fifty by taking 73 runs in 49 balls.
Shafali Verma, even though she is at a very young age, gives power-packed performances. She aggressively hits sixes and fours. Being the youngest player, let’s hope she will break and set new records of her own.