Shafali Verma is one of those who must watch in the future, says Australia A Poulton coach
MELBOURNE: coach of the Australian women's 'A' team Leah Poulton has praised the young Indian starter Shafali Verma for his powerful batting, and said that the teenager is someone to watch in the future.
Playing for India A women's team, the 15-year-old girl crushed a 124 of 78 balls in a one-day game against Australia Last month in Brisbane leaving a lasting impression on Poulton.
He is an incredible talent, he is only 15 years old and has a lot of power. I just had so much composure in the fold, I didn't seem worried at all. It will definitely be one to watch over the next few years, Poulton told cricket.com.au.
We had seen some footage, she played some cricket for India. But when you see material from such a player, it probably won't do it justice because it actually has a very good presence in the fold, he added.
Verma, who made his debut in September, has represented India in nine T20 Internationals with 222 races. The Rohtak-born player struck two consecutive half centuries against the West Indies.
In November, she became the youngest Indian cricket player to score half a century in international cricket when she hit a 73 of 49 balls in an International T20 against the West Indies.
Although she is 15 years old, she is also a tall, strong girl. When he went out to bat, I thought, 'that can't be 15 years.' She is not your typical Indian opening bat, Poulton said.
Over the years, they have produced these first bats with these incredible techniques and are really cunning, while she came out and she was pure power. It was really good to see it, I went into fan mode for a while there (during the century).
However, after the powerful performance, Australia A finally managed to find Verma's weak point and contained it for the rest of the series. A strategy that the team and the coaches will maintain when the two sides meet in the opening match of the T20 World Cup on February 21.
For someone who likes to score quickly, their greatest strength is also their greatest weakness. We knew he wanted to score every ball and he wasn't really looking for one, so we could come up with a plan in which we forced him to lose some patience there, Poulton said.
That said, she is a good player and I am sure they will return (for the World Cup) with different plans for her.