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Shafali Verma wants to focus more on her batting

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India opener, Shafali Verma in an interview said that she wants to improve more upon her batting skills.

Verma is an aggressive batter for India in the past.

But, her strategy sometimes does not yield much fruit which is why she gets dismissed rather quickly.

Shafali said that she is now working on her batting and taking more singles.

She felt that rotating the strike is more important than hitting fours and sixes at every ball.

Verma faced 71 balls against Sri Lanka in the second ODI where her singles percentage was just above 50%

Her previous scores of 51 and 53 versus New Zealand and South Africa had percentages of singles of 29.8 and 15.21 respectively.

Shafali also gave a lot of credit to her opening partner Smriti Mandhana and said that her partner guides her a lot.

She also gave due credit to her debut Women’s Big Bash League stint where she played as a middle-order batter.

Shafali did not get much success being an opener in the Australian league.

Thus, she was shifted to the middle order.

Here she got to play with the likes of Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Ashleigh Gardner and Nicole Bolton.

Not just with the bat, but Shafali also plays a role with the ball for India.

She was successful in dismissing Ama Kanchana in the first T20I against Sri Lanka where she was handed the ball.

Shafali credited her success in bowling to the domestic tournament in India where she bowled continuously.

She also said that skipper Harmanpreet Kaur told her to work more on her bowling and that’s why she is now practising single-wicket bowling in the net sessions.

Shafali however remained uncertain as regards her WBBL participation.

She said that with India having a packed schedule this year, she will think about her participation in the WBBL.

Harmanpreet Kaur will be playing for the Melbourne Renegades once again.

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