Shafali Verma scores Record-Breaking Double Hundred against South Africa in Chennai

Shafali Verma

Dashing India opener Shafali Verma smashed the fastest double-century in the history of women’s Test cricket, eclipsing Annabel Sutherland of Australia during the one-off Test against South Africa in Chennai on Friday.

Shafali Verma’s blistering Knock

Shafali burst onto the scene with her explosive performances in T20 cricket. Her fearless approach and ability to clear the boundaries caught everyone’s attention. The transition to Test cricket was seamless for her, as she continued to play her natural game. Her double hundred exemplified her adaptability and hunger for big scores.

Shafali, 20, scored her double ton off just 194 balls, bettering Sutherland’s feat, which came off 248 balls against South Africa earlier this year. Shafali also became the second Indian after former skipper Mithali Raj hit a double century in Test cricket after almost 22 long years here. Mithali’s 214 had come off 407 balls and the former India skipper achieved during the drawn second Test against England at Taunton in August 2002.

Shafali struck 23 fours and eight maximums during her attacking knock. She brought up her twin ton with consecutive sixes of off-spinner Delmi Tucker, followed by a single. Shafali was finally run out at 205 off 197 balls.

Shafali Verma’s innings not only set records but also highlighted the growing prominence of women’s cricket. Her aggressive style resonates with fans and inspires young cricketers. As she continues to break barriers, Shafali is poised to be a trailblazer for the next generation of women cricketers.

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