India opener and world No 1 T20 batswoman Shafali Verma was in tears after India were thrashed by 85 runs on Sunday in the finals of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup by defending champions and hosts Australia. After the loss, she could not hold her emotions back as she broke down. Also Read - Women's T20 World Cup: 'Need Naughty Players Like Shafali Verma', Harmanpreet Kaur Ahead of Semi-Finals vs England
India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur was seen consoling the young cricketer, a moment that should touch the heart of the fans who were hoping she fires as she has been throughout the campaign. Also Read - Shafali Verma Jumps 19 Places to Become No. 1 T20 Batter
Hopes were high on the 16-year-old cricketer, who has been the story of the tournament from an Indian point of view amassing 163 runs in five games. Also Read - Shafali Verma One Six Away From Equalling Harmanpreet Kaur's Record in ICC Women's T20 World Cup
Chasing a mammoth 185 to win, India needed Verma to fire in the powerplay overs, but unfortunately, she failed as she departed in the first over after having faced three balls and scored two runs. Verma was caught behind by Alyssa Healy off the bowling of Megan Schutt.
After opting to bat first, Verma dropped a sitter off Player of the Match Alyssa Healy, who went on to smash a breathtaking 39-ball 75. Her innings was laced with five sixes and seven fours. It is possible that Verma was ruing that missed opportunity.
“It was unbelievable, thank you everyone. You can’t wipe off the smile out of my face, even if we lost this game. It’s the nature of how I play, just needed a little bit of luck,” said Healy at the post-match presentation.
Brief Scores: Australia 184/4 (Beth Mooney 78*, Alyssa Healy 75; Deepti Sharma 2/38) beat India 99- all out (Deepti Sharma 33; Megan Shcutt 4/18, Jess Jonassen 3/20) by 85 runs