India opener Shafali Verma broke down in tears after her side’s 85-run defeat against Australia in the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final in Melbourne on Sunday.
The 16-year-old Verma, who was the find of the tournament for India, failed to fire in the summit clash as the Women in Blue got bundled out for 99 during their 185-run chase against the Southern Stars at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Amidst the heartbreaking scenes in the Indian camp, Shafali had to be consoled by teammates Harmanpreet Kaur, Harleen Deol and Smriti Mandhana on the field even as they saw the Aussies celebrating their fifth T20 World Cup triumph.
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At 16 years and 40 days old, Shafali became the youngest player (female or male) to feature in any ICC tournament final. The record was previously held by West Indies’ women cricketer Shaquana Quintyne, who played the 2013 ODI World Cup final against Australia at an age of 17 years and 45 days old.