Shafali Verma happy to learn tricks of the trade from Sydney Sixers superstars
Sydney Sixers star opener Shafali Verma has said that she is trying to learn as much as she can during the ongoing stint with the club in the seventh edition of the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
Playing in the WBBL for the first time, Verma did not have a great start against Melbourne Stars in the opening game. She scored just eight runs off ten balls before getting out to Annabel Sutherland.
However, the teenage superstar came back strong with a match-winning half-century against Hobart Hurricanes. She scored 57 runs from 50 balls while chasing, helping the Sixers extend their winning run this season.
Speaking at a media interaction on Tuesday (October 19), Verma said that it was a good learning opportunity for her to come and play in the WBBL. “There is always something to learn in the crease or outside the field. I just always enjoy myself and (try to) learn from the girls,” she said.
Earlier, Sixers head coach Ben Sawyer had revealed that Verma had a chat with her opening partner Alyssa Healy after the game about her batting. “I know Midgey (Healy) probably won’t like it, but I know Shafali reached out the other day, and they had a really good chat about her batting, and Shafali went really, really well yesterday,” Sawyer had said.
“Midge said in the media that it is a big part of what the Sixers want to do, is help Shafali with her career and be a part of that. [It was great] to watch Alyssa spend lots of time with her yesterday. Ellyse (Perry) was throwing balls to her in the nets as well, and they have chatted all the time on and off the field about ways to prepare.”
Verma, too, spoke on similar lines saying that she is trying to enjoy every opportunity. Despite not pinpointing anything particular, Verma seemed delighted to learn the ropes alongside Healy and Perry. “(To) learn from the cricketers like Healy and Perry, it’s so good for me. I can’t find the word, but it is so good for me.”
Sawyer had also said that the Sixers are keen to help Verma develop and further her career. Verma said that she is enjoying the support and freedom the team management is providing her in the tournament.
“It is a very good opportunity. The whole team is backing me. Our coaches and staff members ask me to back myself. I am just enjoying myself,” she concluded.