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 - MS Dhoni's Wife Sakshi Slams Media for Carrying ‘Fake News’ Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
“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 - Please Wake up to The Reality: Virat Kohli Makes Appeal to Citizens Amid 21-Day Lockdown to Counter COVID-19 | WATCH VIDEO
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 - I Was Down With a Viral Infection Which Affected my Running: Javed Miandad Reveals Secret of 1992 WC Final
“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.