15-year-old Shafali Verma broke Sachin Tendulkar’s 30-year-old record when she became the youngest Indian to score 50 in the first T20 international against West Indies.
Shafali Verma lit up the Darren Sammy International Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet in St. Lucia with her powerful-hitting in the first T20I between India Women and West Indies Women. The 15-year-old scored 73 runs from 49 deliveries, which included six boundaries and four maximums, and in the course, she also became the youngest Indian batter (men and women) to score a half-century in international cricket.
The youngster shared a 143-run stand with Smriti Mandhana, which is also India Women’s highest opening partnership in T20I cricket, surpassing the previous record of 130 runs set by Punam Raut and Thirush Kamini against Bangladesh in April 2013. It is also the eighth-highest opening partnership in T20I cricket.
The 15-year-old also became the second-youngest player to score a half-century in T20I format (men and women).