Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur yesterday backed 16-year-old Shafali Verma after her dropped catch of Alyssa Healy cost India dear in the Women’s T20 World Cup final against Australia at the MCG. Shafali dropped Healy in the first over when the Australian opener was on nine. Healy went on to smash a 39-ball 75 and, along with Beth Mooney (78 not out off 54), added 115 runs for the opening wicket to power Australia to 184 for four. In reply, India were bowled out for 99 to hand the hosts a 85-run win and an unprecedented fifth world title in the shortest format. “It’s a learning curve for her but it could happen to anyone. We can’t blame her because there were others also in her position.” Really proud Meanwhile, Smriti Mandhana revealed she told a tearful Shafali Verma to be ‘really proud’ of her performances at World Cup. “Shafali and I were standing almost together when we were receiving our medals. She was in tears,” said Mandhana. “I told her she had to be really proud of the kind of campaign she’d had. When I played my first World Cup at the age of 16, I couldn’t hit the ball 20… Read full this story
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