DUBAI: Shafali Verma belongs to that rare breed of player who emerges once in a generation with the ability to single-handedly win matches against any opponent, legendary former skipper Mithali Raj said Monday.
Mithali, who recently announced her retirement from international cricket, is amazed at the kind of ‘raw power’ the 18-year-old generates in her shots.
“I have been a huge fan of her game. I have seen that she is a player who has the ability to single-handedly win the game for India against any attack and any team. She’s one of those players that you probably see once in a generation,” Mithali said. ICCis 100% “cricket podcast”.
Shafali made an instant impression on Raj on the India Indoor Circuit.
“When I saw Shafali in a domestic match as she was playing against indian railwaysshe scored fifty but I got a glimpse of a player who could change the whole game just with her sleeves,” Mithali said.
“And when she played for Velocity in the first edition of the Challenger Trophyshe played for my team and I saw that she had the ability and the raw power that you rarely see at this age to push the envelope and hit a six at will.”
open to play WIPL
After ending her illustrious 22-year international career with over 10,000 international runs, Mithali remains open to playing in the inaugural edition of the Women’s IPL, which is set to kick off next year.
“I’m keeping that option open. I haven’t decided yet,” she said. “There are still a few months until the Women’s IPL takes place. It would be great to be part of the first edition of the Women’s IPL.”