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Sunday, January 29, 2023

Shafali Varma leads India to title in U19 Women's Inaugural World Cup 2023

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. Potchefstroom  is an academic city in the North West Province of South Africa.  One view on the origin of its name – is  as having come from the word 'Potscherf', meaning a shard of a broken pot, due to the cracks that appear in the soil of the Mooi River Valley during drought resembling a broken pot"!   It is a Golden pot for the Indian Women’s Cricket !! 

These names are to be remembered :  Shafali Varma (Capt); Shweta Sehrawat, Soumya Tiwari, Gongadi Trisha, Hrishita Basu, Richa Ghosh †, Titas Sadhu,  Mannat Kashyap, Archana Devi, Parshavi Chopra, Sonam Yadav


Much in the same manner as :  Sunil Gavaskar , Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Mohinder Amarnath, Yashpal Sharma, Sandeep Patil, Kapil Dev (c), Kirti Azad, Roger Binny, Madan Lal, Syed Kirmani † & Balwinder Sandhu  (the playing X1 of 1983 Prudential World Cup finals) 

Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan , Robin Uthappa,  Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c)†, Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan    Harbhajan Singh, Joginder Sharma, Sreesanth,  & RP Singh  (the victorious 11 of 2007 inaugural T20 WC) 

Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (c)†, Yuvraj Singh   Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel  &  Sreesanth (the victorious 11 of 2011 ODI WC) 

Today in the grand finals at Potchefstroom,   ICC Women's Under-19 T20 World Cup splendid bowling performance by the Indians helped restricting England to a paltry 68 and winning with ease.  The scorecard reads : India 69 for 3 (Trisha 24, Tiwari 24*, Baker 1-13) beat England 68 (MacDonald-Gay 19, Sadhu 2-6, Chopra 2-13) by seven wickets. 

The bowling card reads :  Titas Sadhu 4-0-6-2; Archana Devi 3-0-17-2; Parshavi Chopra 4-0-13-2;  Mannat Kashyap 3-0-13-1;  Shafali Verma 2-0-16-1;  Sonam Yadav 1.1-0-3-1 

The 2023 ICC Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup was the first edition of the ICC Women's Under-19 Cricket World Cup, hosted by South Africa.   In April 2021, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that the tournament had been moved from its original slot at the end of 2021 to January 2023 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixteen teams played in this the tournament.  Players aged 18 or younger on 31 August 2022 were eligible for selection.  

The Cup winning Shafali Verma (28.1.2004) has many accolades.  In 2019, at the age of 15, she became the youngest cricketer to play in a Women's Twenty20 International match for India. In June 2021, she became the youngest player, male or female, to represent India in all three formats of international cricket.  On 8 October 2022 she became the youngest cricketer to complete 1000 runs in T20 Internationals. Before international cricket, she played for Velocity in the Women's T20 Challenge. Ahead of the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup, she was ranked as the number one batter in women's T20I cricket.  She was signed by Birmingham Phoenix for the first season of The Hundred. She played for Sydney Sixers in the 2021 WBBL.    

A long, long wait for a World Cup win in women's cricket finally ended for India. The team’s coach  Nooshin Al Khadeer  was part of India's runners-up finish in the Women's World Cup in South Africa, 18 years ago. An athletic effort on the field,  disciplined bowling, and a canter with the bat helped India defeat England to claim the inaugural Under-19 Women's T20 World Cup in Potchefstroom. Fast bowler Titas Sadhu, offspinner Archana Devi and legspinner Parshavi Chopra picked up two wickets apiece to bowl England out for 68. Soumya Tiwari and G Trisha then saw off the chase to set off celebrations for the Shafali Verma-led side. Chasing 69, Shafali got going with a giant six over long-off off left-arm spinner Sophia Smale.  

Well done Team  India U19 Women !! Congratulations.  

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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