After hogging the limelight in the recently concluded Women’s T20 World Cup, India batswoman Shafali Verma in her column on Saturday spoke about how she felt extremely lucky to have played the World Cup and about the reception she received on returning to her hometown, Rohtak. Also Read - IPL 2021: Chennai Super Kings Celebrated Skipper MS Dhoni's Record 200th IPL Appearance For CSK After Win Over Punjab | WATCH VIDEO

“The last one month has been pretty special for me. Not everyone is lucky to play in a World Cup with some of the best cricketers. I got the opportunity, and that too at such a young age. I will never forget the welcome that I received at my home in Rohtak. There were dhols (drums) and music. My relatives received me with garlands and I felt pretty special. It was like a dream after a special tournament,” she wrote in her column. Also Read - SA vs PAK Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Hints South Africa vs Pakistan 4th T20I: Captain, Vice-captain, Today's Probable XIs For T20I Match at SuperSport Park, Centurion 6 PM IST April 16 Friday

Verma amassed 163 runs in five games at a brilliant strike rate of 158.25. Midway through the tournament, the 16-year-old cricketer also zoomed to the number one spot in the T20I rankings for batswomen. Also Read - Jasprit Bumrah-Sanjana Ganesan's Twitter Exchange on Completion of One Month of Marriage

“My father was there in Australia and I can sense his pride when he talks about me to his friend. I often shadow practice at home with a tennis ball,” Verma revealed.

She also spoke about how important it is to stay fit and in the groove apart from how match situations cannot be substituted.

“For a [batter], it’s essential to maintain the rhythm and touch. It’s very important that I don’t get rusty. Nothing can substitute playing an actual game but one has to make the best out of a situation,” Shafali Verma wrote in a piece for Hindustan Times.