India girls vs South Africa girls: Diana Edulji says selectors ought to’ve included Shafali Verma in ODI squad
New Delhi: Former captain Diana Edulji is shocked that teenage sensation Shafali Verma has not made the Indian girls’s ODI squad for the upcoming collection in opposition to South Africa after proving herself within the shortest format, together with a vital position within the workforce’s run to the T20 World Cup remaining final yr.
Edulji, who was additionally part of the Supreme Court docket-appointed Committee of Directors which ran the BCCI for 33 months, stated the 17-year-old types the perfect opening pair within the nation alongside Smriti Mandhana and her not getting an opportunity within the ODI format was shocking to say the least.
Shafali is a part of the T20 squad that may play three video games in opposition to South Africa.
“India wouldn’t have made the ultimate if it wasn’t for Shafali. It made excellent sense to incorporate her within the ODI workforce additionally. She is the perfect you’ve got alongside Smriti, so why not give her an opportunity?
“Like T20s, in ODI cricket you want somebody on the prime to present you a flying begin and never many do it higher than Shafali. She is a uncommon expertise and needs to be given ample probabilities in ODIs additionally,” Edulji instructed PTI.
Shafali has performed 19 T20 Internationals thus far, scoring 487 runs at a powerful strike charge of 146.24.
Questions have been raised over her health however Edulji argued that there are a number of others within the workforce too who want to enhance on that entrance.
“She’s going to solely get higher as she performs extra worldwide cricket. We should nurture a expertise like her in one of the best ways attainable, ” stated Edulji.
In an an in any other case disappointing batting efficiency by the workforce, Shafali’s constant run within the T20 World Cup complimented the bowling effort that helped India attain the ultimate.
Her solely failure got here within the remaining which India misplaced badly to Australia.
Whereas Shafali was missed, senior pacer Shikha Pandey was dropped kind the facet, elevating a number of eyebrows.
Speaking in regards to the workforce returning to aggressive cricket after 12 months, Edulji stated rustiness shouldn’t be a difficulty for the gamers.
“Most of them have been coaching on their very own and Railways had their camp additionally not too long ago. I’m glad that ladies’s cricket is lastly taking place,” Edulji added.
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