Young gun Shafali Verma is one of the most promising openers in Women’s cricket & is currently the No. 1 batter in T20Is. Shafali Verma has grabbed the limelight for her aggressive gameplay at the top of the order. Radha Yadav on the other hand is a skilled left-arm spinner with a scintillating average of 18.03 in T20Is. Radha Yadav holds 11th position in the ICC T20I Player Rankings for bowlers.
On Sunday during the third ODI between India Women & Australia Women, Shafali scored her maiden ODI half-century to help India register a thrilling win over Australia Women breaking their 26 run winning streak.
Shafali Verma might open the batting along with Alyssa Healy for the Sydney Sixers. The young player is extremely excited to represent the Sydney Sixers franchise in the renowned Women’s Big Bash League.
Speaking about the opportunity Shafali Verma said, “This is a very good opportunity for me and my goal is to just enjoy myself, to make some new friends and have fun. I want to play WBBL and back myself and just believe in myself”.
The young batting sensation has been a part of Birmingham Phoenix in the Hundred tournament & had a season to remember by amassing 171 runs in eight matches at an average of 24.42, keeping a strike rate of 142.50. Shafali is currently in Australia with the Indian Women’s team, participating in the bilateral series against Australia Women’s team.
Sydney Sixers Coach is overwhelmed to have the Indian duo in the squad. Ben Swayers heaped praise on Shafali Verma for her fearless range of shots & willingness to perform better.
“Shafali is very impressive. She’s such a talent and she’s fearless. She hits different areas of the field and plays shots that are different from the other three girls in that top four. The experience I had with her in Birmingham was that she wants to learn, she wants to get better and she wants to grow as a player and a person”, Ben Swayers said.
Ben Swayer also said that Radhav Yadav brings newness to the Sydney Sixers bowling attack & believes that she will do wonders for them.
“Radha brings a skill set that we have never had at the Sixers and that’s very exciting. I think a left-arm ortho bowler is so important in the WBBL and having one who is world-class is such a great opportunity for this team. She has also batted in the middle of the order for India so she is handy with the bat too”, Ben Swayer added.
Earlier on Sunday, Sydney Thunder signed in Smriti Mandhana & Deepti Sharma for the upcoming WBBL 07. The Sydney Thunders are the current title holders and have the highest number of titles alongside the Sydney Sixers, with both the teams winning the trophies two times each. The WBBL 07 will kickstart on 14th October with the first twenty matches to be played in Tasmania.
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