Shafali Verma on ODI omission: Not getting named motivation to play better

The Haryana girl said she feels driven to become a better player every time she is left out of ODIs.

India's batting sensation, Shafali Verma is excluded from ODI.   -  Twitter|@BCCIWomen

Far from disappointed at being overlooked for ODIs despite her swashbuckling T20 show, India's teenage batting sensation Shafali Verma says it motivates her to work harder as "deep down", she knows there is "something" lacking in her game.

The 17-year-old was adjudged player of the series in the 1-2 T20 series loss to South Africa. Her 30-ball 60 in the final match was instrumental in India securing a consolation win.

However, her form, which earned her the top spot in the T20I batter's rankings for women, has not been enough to get her a place in the ODI side. But she is not complaining.

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"When I wasn't picked for the one-dayers, I felt somewhere I might be lacking something," Verma said in an online press conference after the match.

"But I did not go ask the captain or the coach because I knew deep down that if my name was not there, it is probably because I lack something," she added.

The Haryana girl said she feels driven to become a better player every time she is left out of ODIs. "...I need to work more on my fitness, and one-dayers would be my goal, whenever I get that chance. Not getting named in the one-day squad is a motivation for me to play even better," she insisted.

"I wasn't overly disappointed but I saw it as a huge motivating factor. I motivated myself to work even harder and play better," she said.

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Verma's approach to the game is rather simple. The see-ball-hit-ball mantra has worked well for her and she said aggression is a natural aspect of her batting.

"I always practise (power-hitting) and work hard on my batting. Ever since I started holding a bat, I have loved to play attacking cricket. That's how it works for me," the big-hitting Shafali said.

And when she does make the ODI squad, Verma said, "The focus would be on spending as much time on the wicket as possible and score as many runs as I can.

"No matter what position I get to play in, I will try to extend my innings for as long as possible and score well." 

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