India Vs England 2021 test series: Shefali Verma breaks records; still, English hosts keep the play in control.
By: Sherly J. Victor
Shefali Verma breaks records; still, English hosts keep the play in control. The India Vs England 2021 women test series in Bristol was called off due to heavy rain on Day 3. The host team led by Heather Knight bowled out India for 231 with 165 runs short in the first innings. Yet, openers Shefali Varma and Smriti Mandhana gave the England team quite a run, with a 167-run. Shefali Varma also became the youngest woman to hit two half-centuries in a debut test.
Indian men’s fielding coach, R Sridhar showered praises for Varma at the press conference after India vs New Zealand Men WTC Final Day 1 was called off due to heavy rain due to heavy rain.
He commends, “Shafali, so much reminds us of Viru (Virender Sehwag), doesn’t she? The way she plays and her mindset is so clear, so we are enjoying the innings from Shafali. I wish she had got a hundred in the first innings.” He also added, “And well played to both Smriti (Mandhana) and Shafali, what a rollicking start they gave us in the first innings and unfortunately, we couldn’t capitalise on that, but great test match going there.”
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IND VS ENG 2021, cleaning up tail
The sudden downpour forced early stumps when the Indian side was on 83 for one loss. England posted their highest ever score against India, at 396/9. Katherine Brunt dismissed Smriti Mandhana. She started with an impressive boundary but added only 8 runs to the scoreboard for the first time in India Vs England’s one-off test. The visitor’s side dropped below the 100-run mark, even after Shefali Varma’s positive play.
The Indian side continued to suffer as the string of batswomen dismissed quickly. However, the only all-rounder, Deepti Sharma from the lower middle, did averagely to put up a fight. India Vs England 2021 one-off test is the Indian women’s team’s first test match after a hiatus of 7 years. The analysis shows that with this series, women’s cricket in India will be part of the mainstream and gain some recognition in our cricket-obsessed country.