It was officially confirmed on Monday that Indian teen batting sensation Shafali Verma and left-arm spinner Radha Yadav will make their debut in the Women’s Big Bash League with two-time champion Sydney Sixers.
The signing of the duo by the Sixers was announced by PTI on May 13 and confirmed by the organizers ahead of the seventh edition of the league starting next month.
“So the Sydney Derby should be fun this year!
So the Sydney Derby should be fun this year! Cow
– Weber Women’s Big Bash League (@WBBL) September 26, 2021
The Sixers begin their WBBL campaign against the Melbourne Stars on October 14 at the Bluntstone Arena in Hobart.
The 17-year-old Shafali, India’s youngest woman to make her international debut in 2019, is widely regarded as one of the best batting talents in the world and is currently ranked number one in the ICC Women’s T20I rankings.
On Sunday, he hit his first ODI half-century with a 56-year-old as India upset the Australian team, crushing the hosts’ 26-match victory.
“This is a good opportunity for me, my goal is to make me happy, make some new friends and have fun,” Shafali told Cricket.com.
“I play WBBL and repeat myself and I have to trust myself.”
Shifali is expected to make a dangerous combination with Alyssa Healy, Ellis Perry and Ash Gardner at the top of the list for the Sixers, giving the team the most exciting top four spots in WBBL history.
In June, before making his debut for Birmingham Phoenix in ‘The Hundred’ under Sixers head coach Ben Sawyer, he became the youngest player to represent India in all three formats of international cricket.
“Shafali is very impressive. She is a talented, she is fearless. She attacks different parts of the field and plays different shots for the other three girls in the top four,” Sawyer said.
“The experience I had with her in Birmingham was that she wants to learn, she wants to come out well, she wants to grow as a player and as a person,” he added.
Not to be overlooked by his teenage team, left-handed Orthodox spinner Radha has come up with a growing resume in the Sixers and is ranked 11th in the T20 player rankings.
The 21-year-old is one of the inventions of the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20, who finished as the joint leading wicket-taker for India in this tournament.
Radha said she was looking forward to her WBBL debut with Shafali, the match was very interesting in India as she rose in the rankings.
“A lot of young Indian girls want to play in the WBBL. It is a very good quality and I am very happy to be able to play for the Sixers this year, ”said Radha.
Sawyer was equally enthusiastic in welcoming Radha to the Sixers.
“Radha brings a talent that we do not have in the Sixers. It’s very exciting. Having a very important left – handed ortho bowler in the WBBL is a great opportunity for this team.
“She has batted in the middle for India, so she is easy with the bat too,” he added.