Her aggressive beating came naturally, Shafali Verma announced the world’s number one T20I home on Tuesday, after giving India an easy nine-goal victory in South Africa in its third and final match here.
The 17-year-old, who regained number one in the ICC T20I rankings for fights on Tuesday, was selected as a player in the series after hitting 23, 47 and 60.
“I always practice (power punch) and work hard on my quilting. Ever since I started holding a bat, I’ve loved playing attacking. That’s how I do it,” said Shafali’s big hit after the match.
Asked to return to number one in the ICC T20I rankings, she simply said: “I’m just trying to do well and win matches for my team.”
Her 60 on Tuesday came from just 30 balls and was strewn with seven fours and five sixes.
However, India lost three games in the T20I 1-2 series. They had also lost the previous ODI series of five games 1-4.
Captain of India Smrati mandhana attributes the victory in the third match to the team’s efforts.
“Overall, it was a good show. The bowlers did extremely well and Shafali then just stole the show. This victory belongs to the bowlers,” said Mandhana, who carried her bat with an undefeated 48 of 28 balls.
Asked if the throw that India won on Tuesday was too important, she said: “Definitely not. Yesterday we were almost in the game (second game) until the very end.
“Yes, the throw is important, but it can’t be used as an excuse. We fell behind in the first two games, so I’m proud to be back tonight. After losing the series, he needs a lot of motivation to play like we did. tonight. “
She said Tuesday’s victory was important for our future tasks.
South African captain Sun Luus said it was a “magic” tour as they could beat India at home.
“I don’t think anyone expected us to take two series wins at home. So this is a special moment for us, no matter how we did tonight. The management and the players can be extremely proud. It was a magical tour,” she said.
“It’s important for young people to get opportunities. We won’t always have adult players around. That’s why it’s important for these players to learn while they’re there.”
Luus praised Shafali for her attacking cricket and predicted that the Indian youth would become a legend of the game.
“When she (Shafali) plays like today, it’s very difficult to stop her. She will be a legend of the game.”