“Feeling among the team is great,” Shafali Verma ahead of ICC Women's U-19 World Cup final against England

The summit clash is due to be held in Potchefstroom on January 29.

Shafali Verma | GettyOn the eve of the team’s ICC Women's Under 19 World Cup final clash against England, India skipper Shafali Verma said that the side is fairly excited to play the summit clash.

Shafali also revealed that she has shared her experiences of playing the major tournament finals at senior level with them.

"The feeling among the team is great. We have done whatever plans we had in our nets session. Everyone is aware of their roles and what they need to do for tomorrow's game. Everyone's excited to be playing in the final. We are going to back each other in the final and are going to enjoy it, give our 100 percent," said Shafali in a post-match press conference.

"I have played a lot of finals, like the T20 World Cup 2020 final and the final of the Commonwealth Games tournament. I told them to enjoy their game and not think that it is a final. But at the same time, they have to give their 100 percent. The team does not need to stress itself out, because if you do so, the match itself will be stressful. They should have belief in themselves," she added.

The Indian captain also stated that she and her troops had seen the second semi-final between Australia and England, which saw the latter defending the target of 100 runs after being bundled out for just 99 and win the game by three runs.

"It was a good game. We have seen England, how they play, how they bat. We have our strategies and are going to execute them."

Shafali Verma said that winning the trophy would mean a lot for her as a captain.

"My father used to tell me that you have to win the U19 title. I will remember these things. I have told everyone to enjoy the game and that we are one as a unit. I am trying to keep my teammates comfortable," she said.

Talking about her team’s batting collapse against Australia, Shafali said, "Everyone felt really down after the match against Australia. We were all emotional and nervous. We wondered if we could reach the final. But here we are. We learnt a lot from our experiences and our coach also gave us a lot of feedback."

(With ANI Inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 29 Jan, 2023

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