India Women opener Shafali Verma became the youngest cricketer to ply her trade in all formats of the game when she made her debut during an ODI against England Women on Sunday, June 27.
Shafali was just 17 years and 150 days old when she achieved this feat. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted an image of the moment when the Rohtak-born was handed over the cap number 131 from her skipper Mithali Raj.
“A proud moment for out thunderbolt @TheShafaliVerma as she is presented with #TeamIndia 131 from captain @M_Raj03. Here’s hoping she has a smashing debut. #ENGvsIND,” the BCCI tweeted.
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) June 27, 2021
However, broadcasting channels like SONY TEN in India and SKY SPORTS in England stated her to be 28-years-old when she came in to bat.
Indian fans were enraged by this folly and took to Twitter to point out the mistake.
Look at the age of Shafali verma, 28??🤔😒
— Priya💙Addict (@impriyafan) June 27, 2021
Umm sky cricket, Shafali is 17 not 28
— Boondi (@Karaboondi) June 27, 2021
Lol wait that introduction is saying age of shafali is 28
— Pratham (@pratham_padu) June 27, 2021
Shafali's age has shown 28!!! 😑🤣🤣 What is this!#ENGvIND
— Ritwika Dhar (@RituD307) June 27, 2021
Sony people are drunk or what 😭 Showing Shafali's age as 28
— Udit (@udit_buch) June 27, 2021
What is Shafali Verma's age, just saw 28 on TV?
Isn't she only 17 as of now?😳
— Kriti Bindra (@bindra_kriti) June 27, 2021
— Ayush Prajapati ✨ (@Ayush19061) June 27, 2021
@SonyTen1HD1 in today’s 1st odi match between india women & eng women …you showed shafali verma age as 28…and commentator mentioned that ..please correct it she is just 17 years old great Indian talent …
— srinivas.rohit (@RohitSeena45) June 27, 2021
Shafali Verma age 28? 🥴 #ENGWvINDW
— Troy Rodríguez (@begoodpeopleof) June 27, 2021
.@SkyCricket – on the screen it said Shafali Verma was 28.
She’s only 17 and it’s pure madness that someone can be so good so young 🤯🤯🤯🤯
— Women's Cricket Chat 🎙🏏 (@WCricketChat) June 27, 2021
Meanwhile, Shafali failed to prove her mettle in the first ODI as she was dismissed for a mere 14-ball 15 by Katherine Brunt. The English pacer bowled a short off a length delivery that Shafali top-edged to Anya Shrubsole at mid-on.
India posted a decent 201/8 in their allotted fifty overs but England Women comfortably chased it down in 34.5 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Shafali had earlier impressed everyone with her stroke play during the one-off Test against England Women when she slammed 96 and 63 in the two innings. India women put up a brave fight and drew the red-ball match.
India Women would be pulling up their socks for the second encounter of the three-match ODI series that would take place in Taunton on Wednesday (June 30).