WPL 2023: 3 Reasons Why Shafali Verma Can Become The Next Captain Of Team India

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Shafali Verma is a prodigy. There is absolutely no denying that fact. At a young age of 19, the swashbuckling batter of India has carved her own niche. She has elevated herself to become a very dependable and reliable batter of Team India.

With her fiery batting and good game-sense, there is no doubt that she will become the next big-thing in Indian cricket. Her attacking intent resembles Virender Sehwag and a lot of cricket lovers of India find resemblance to the duo.

Verma is presently playing for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2023. In their first game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Shafali Verma smashed an aggressive knock of 84 in just 45 deliveries. Her knock underlined dominance and aggression from the word go.

In this article, we take a look at 3 reasons why Shafali Verma can become the next captain of Team India:

1. Shafali Verma has guided India to the ICC U-19 Women’s Trophy

In the inaugural edition of the ICC U-19 Women’s Trophy, Shafali Verma’s Indian side etched history as they clinched the trophy. The young guns of Team India under the astute captaincy of Shafali Verma absolutely wreaked havoc in the World Cup.

The experience of winning the World Cup and the fact that she was the captain is a strong reasons why Verma can become the next captain of Team India after Harmanpreet Kaur.

2. She will be leading from the front

It is often very important in cricket that a captain plays well and sets an example. Shafali Verma would be doing just that if she is the captain. The opening batter often smears the bowlers all across the park and gives the team, a blistering start.

If Verma can do this, she will not only command more respect in the team but will set a template for the entire team to play. India will also be an embodiment of the never-say-die attitude, just like Shafali Verma is.

3. Harmanpreet Kaur is 34 years of age

India is presently going through a transition phase. With legendary cricketers Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami retiring from all forms of cricket, India has a very young team. And with present skipper Harmanpreet Kaur in the twilight of her cricketing career, the Indian team management might look at someone who is young, bold and fearless.

And this is where the youngster Shafali Verma fits the bill, perfectly. At the age of 19, she already has played 56 T20Is, 21 ODIs and 2 Test matches.

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