16th year old, Shafali Verma has become a young sensation in the world due to her outstanding batting prowess! But her poor performance in the finals of ICC T20 World Cup was not up to the mark which made her very upset. Former pacer Brett Lee said on Monday that he found it very difficult to watch the talented batting sensation in tears during team India’s loss in Women’s T20 World Cup to Australia but he also expressed the hope that he expects the 16-year old bounce back very strongly by setting new records in future.
Heaping praise on India’s teenage batting sensation Shafali Verma, Brett Lee said that she should be very proud of the way she performed in Australia, playing her first major tournament. First-time finalists India lost by 85 runs as Australia claimed her fifth world title proudly in Melbourne cricket grounds on Sunday. Verma, who had a successful run till the final, could not click in the summit clash and was seen sobbing after the final.
“I really felt for Shafali Verma at the end, it was tough seeing her in tears but she should be very proud of the way she’s performed in Australia,” Brett Lee wrote in his column for the ICC.
“To come out here and face your first tournament head-on is testament to her talent and mental strength, and she’s only going to get better from here,” he added. Further talking about her performance he said, “She’ll learn from this experience and come back stronger. Moments like this can define you in a positive way…Don’t be surprised to see her put a big score on the Aussies the next time they play.”
The former pace ace said he expects the Indian team to come back strongly after the 85-run hiding, “It was a disappointing night for them but they’ll certainly be back – this is not the end for them, this is just the start,” Brett Lee wrote.
Talking about team India’s performance, he said, “They’d never played in a Final before and we saw in Melbourne how vital that experience is, it takes a long time to get settled and by the time they did, unfortunately the game was gone”.
“Playing in front of a crowd like that takes plenty of getting used to so they’ll be better for it, and should take a lot of heart from the way they played in Australia,” he added.
Applauding Australia’s performance, Brett Lee said the way Alyssa Healy (75) and Beth Mooney (78) started the proceedings on Sunday, he was reminded of the 2003 ODI men’s World Cup final which Australia won against India. He said, “Sometimes you can bat a team out of the game in that first half, which Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Pointing and Damien Martyn did for us in Johannesburg.”
Talking more about scores he said, “Scoreboard pressure means so much more in a Final and, as we saw at the MCG, India just couldn’t get the momentum needed for the chase”.
By looking at the overall performance of Shafali we can say that, ‘Vermaji ki beati ne pure Desh ka Naam Garv se uchcha kar di’. Best of luck to Women in blue for many such ventures in the future!