Indian Women were deservedly the winners of the inaugural edition of the World Cup for the Under-19 category. The women’s squad had a near-perfect campaign as they lost only one match in the entire tournament. There were some exhilarating performances from some of the promising youngsters in the squad. So, today we will focus on three standout players from the outfit.
Unarguably, the finest of the lot in terms of batting, Shweta had a dream run with the willow at the marquee event. She got 297 runs from 7 outings to become the top scorer of the tournament. Shweta Sehrawat also accumulated runs at a fair clip as she had a strike rate of 138 and her batting average missed the three-figure mark only by a whisker, 99. Her best performance came against Proteas in the opener where she slammed 92 off 57 deliveries to help India chase down a competitive score of 170. She also delivered in the semis with a crucial knock.
One of the finest talents in women’s cricket, Shafali Verma was brilliant in many ways; as a captain, batsman and bowler in the tournament. As a batter, she scored 172 from 7 matches and had a monstrous strike rate of 194. Verma happened to be the third-highest run-getter in the tournament. Even her leg spinners also proved to be more than handy for India in the tournament. Her 45 off 16 balls in a stiff run chase against South Africa was also priceless, to say the least.
The right-arm leg spinner happened to be the second-highest wicket-taker in the event. She had 11 scalps from 6 matches at a miserly rate of 3.66 runs per over. She hardly put a wrong foot in the entire tournament and Parshavi Chopra played vital roles in both the final and semi-final, returning with figures of 2/13 and 3/20 respectively in 4 overs. For her stupendous efforts in the semi, she even got the Player Of The Match award.