Shafali Verma Is Batting Her Way Into Cricket Glory

May/30/2022 / by Team SEEMA
Shafali Verma
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Shafali Verma Biography

Any Shafali Verma biography will note that she is a cricketer who plays for the Indian Women Team in the position of opening batswoman. What many don’t share, however, is that Shafali Verma played cricket as a child with boys and changed her hairstyle and appearance in order to fit in better. At one point, she even stood in for her brother Sahil in the Boys Cricket Championship; she ended up outperforming her male counterparts and won the award for Player of the Tournament. 

Today, Shafali Verma continues to be an award-winning tournament champ with a reputation as a hard-hitting, stroke-making cricketer. Standing at 162 cm tall and weighing 50 kg, Shafali Verma bats right handed. 

Her first trainer was her own father, who himself wanted to be a cricket players at a young age but lacked support. For three years, he would take her to practice at the local grounds, paying her Rs. 5 after every six practices. 

For her schooling, Shafali Verma attended Mandeep Senior Secondary School in Rohtak, Haryana where she achieved 10 Pass. 

Before playing cricket internationally, Shefali Verma cricketer scored 34 runs playing for Velocity (Women Challenger Trophy.) 

At one point in her early career, the big Shafali Verma news was that she became the top ranked batswoman in the ICC Women’s T201.

After that, she was selected in 2019 to compete for India in the Women’s Twenty20 International match against South Africa. That event also secured Shafali Verma’s record as the youngest player to play for India in a T201 match. 

Shafali Verma cricketer was also picked to join India’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup squad in Australia and earned her first BCCI central contract. More recently, she’s been promoted to grade B from grade C on the BCCI Annual contract list. 

More recent Shafali Verma news was that, in May 2021, she was called up for the first time for Test cricket. There, on June 16, 2021, she scored 96 runs in just her first inning. In two innings of that maiden match she scored 159 runs earning her the player of the match award. Shortly after, on June 27, 2021, she had her ODI debut against England. 

Shafali Verma cricketer has played for several teams in her budding career, including:

  • India Women
  • India A Women
  • Haryana Women
  • Velocity
  • Birmingham Phoenix

Already in her cricketing career, Shafali Verma has notched 159 runs in Test, 78 Runs in ODIs and 665 Runs in T20Is. Her current rankings are number 1 in T20Is, 72nd in ODIs, and she remains unranked in Test.

Ask Shafali Verma about her hobbies, and she’ll tell you she loves to travel and play the guitar. 

FAQs

Who is she married to?

She is unmarried.

Where was she born?

She was born into a Hindu family in the middle class in Rohtak, Haryana, India to father Sanjeev Verma and mother Praveen Bala on January 28, 2004. This would make Shafali Verma age today, in early 2022, 18 years old. She has one sibling, a brother named Sahil Verma.

What is her net worth?

Her net worth as of early 2022 is approximately Rs. 11 crores $1.5 million. She earns a monthly income of around Rs. 1 Lakh and an annual income of around Rs. 50 Lakh from playing cricket as well as from advertisements and endorsements.

When did she start her career?

At her age of just 15, right as she was completing her 10th year in secondary school, she was selected to play cricket for India. From that moment on, she’s never looked back. She’d started playing cricket, however, at only age eight.

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