Far from being disappointed that she was neglected for ODI, despite her shocking T20 show, India’s sensational cotton sensation Shafali Verma says it motivates her to work harder as a “deep inside”, she knows her game lacks ” something. “
The 17-year-old was selected as a player in the series in the 1-2 T20 loss to South Africa in a series that ended here on Tuesday. Her 30 balls 60 in the final contributed to India’s consolation victory.
However, her devastating T20 form, which won her top position in the ICC’s shortest format ranking, is not enough to secure her a place in the ODI, but she does not complain.
“When I wasn’t selected for the one-dayers, I felt like I might be missing something somewhere,” Verma said in an online post-match press conference.
“But I didn’t go to ask the captain or the coach because I knew deep down that if my name wasn’t there, it was probably because I was just missing something,” she added.
The girl from Hariana said that she feels driven to become a better player every time she is excluded from ODI.
“… I have to work harder on my fitness, and one-dayers would be my goal, every time I have that chance. Not being named in a one-day team is a motivation for me to play even better,” she insisted. .
“I wasn’t too disappointed, but I saw it as a huge motivating factor. I was motivated to work even harder and play better,” she said.
Verma’s approach to the game is quite simple. The “see the ball-hit ball” mantra worked extremely well for her, and she said aggression was a natural aspect of her beating.
“I always practice (power punch) and work hard on cotton wool. Ever since I started holding a bat, I’ve loved playing attacking. That’s how it works for me,” said the big Shafali punch.
And when she joined ODI, Verma said, “The focus will be on spending as much time in the wicket as possible and putting in as many tracks as possible.”
“No matter what position I get to play, I will try to extend my inning as long as possible and score well.”
At the top of the ICC T20I rankings, she simply said, “I’m just trying to do well and win matches for my team.”