16 year old Shafali Verma, the 'rock star' of Women's T20 World Cup 2020

16 year old Shafali Verma, the 'rock star' of Women's T20 World Cup 2020

16 year old Shafali Verma, the 'rock star' of Women's T20 World Cup 2020
16 year old Shafali Verma, the 'rock star' of Women's T20 World Cup 2020

The 16 year old Shafali Verma, the 'rock star' of Women's T20 World Cup 2020

Virender Sehwag, an explosive opening batsman from India and a world champion in both white ball formats, acknowledged similar trailblazing talent by anointing Shafali Verma last week as a 'rockstar'.

Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag appreciate Shafali Verma for her excellent and outstanding performance in such important matches.

They also praised Shafali Verma for expressing gratitutde to Sachin and Sehwag for their warm expressions and help, promising to keep giving their best to the Indian workforce.

She is the 16-year-old playing in the Women's T20 World Cup 2020 but Shafali Verma first impressed as a cricketer when pretending to be a boy. With Shafali leading the rankings, three Indian batters are now in top 10. Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues are ranked sixth and ninth.

The title has become the pinnacle of praise in Indian Cricket since it was imported by Shane Warne during the Indian Premier League's early days, but never before was it lavished on one so young.

She has reached 58 fours and 21 sixes after just 18 innings 20 for India, and is already on top of the ICC T20 batting list.

On Thursday's Women's T20 World Cup semi-final, Shafali Verma will open the batting against England who just turned 16 in January.

Verma is the tournament's third top goalscorer with an incredible strike rate of 161, including knocks of 47 and 46 against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. According to ICC statement, it helped her to become the second Indian batter after Mithali Raj to top the women's T20 batting rankings. It is the highest strike rate among players who strike more than once, while her strike rate of 147 in T20 career is the best of those who played more than 120 international runs.

The tournament opener against Australia saw the teen sensation making 29 runs in 15 balls including 5 fours and 1 six to lead the foundation for India's 17-run win.

England spinner Sophie Ecclestone and Indian batter Verma will be competing in the semi-final of the event as top ranked bowler and batter respectively.