Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Sydney Sixers sign Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav. Shafali Verma played for the Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred recently
Shafali Verma played for the Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred recently
Young batting sensation Shafali Verma and left-arm spinner Radha Yadav have been snapped up by Sydney Sixers ahead of the upcoming WBBL, the club announced on Monday (September 27). The announcement comes a day after Sydney Thunder confirmed the signings of Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma.
Shafali, India's youngest debutant in international cricket, put up stunning performances in Australian shores last year at the T20 WC and sits on top of the ICC rankings in the format. At the back of her T20 exploits, she also played for Birminghim Phoenix in The Hundred recently. On Sunday (September 26), she starred in India's famous win over Australia with a mature half-century. With her stocks constantly on the rise, Shafali has now bagged her maiden WBBL deal.
“This is a very good opportunity for me and my goal is to just enjoy myself, to make some new friends and have fun,” Verma said. “I want to play WBBL and back myself and just believe in myself.”
Head Coach Ben Sawyer, who worked with Shafali in England in the recently-concluded inaugural season of the Hundred, lavished praises on the youngster labelling her fearless. “She hits to different areas of the field and plays shots that are different to the other three girls in that top four,” he said. “The experience I had with her in Birmingham was that she wants to learn, she wants to get better and she wants to grow as a player and a person.”
Yadav, who is in India's squad for the upcoming T20Is against Australia, will be making her maiden appearance in the WBBL. “Lots of young Indian girls want to play in the WBBL,” Yadav said. “It is a very good standard and I am so happy to be able to play for the Sixers this year.”
Sawyer was delighted with the 21-year-old's acquisition as well considering the variety she lends to the bowling attack. “Radha brings a skillset that we have never had at the Sixers and that's very exciting,” he said. “I think a left-arm ortho bowler is so important in the WBBL and having one who is world class is such a great opportunity for this team. She has also batted in the middle of the order for India so she is handy with the bat too.”