Five years ago, a starry-eyed Shafali Verma wrestled through a vociferous crowd at the nondescript Lahli ground to get a glimpse of her idol Sachin Tendulkar, the moment that inspired the then 10-year-old to take up the game. On Thursday, the 15-year-old was picked to play for India. It was not just another match, it was a landmark occasion – Tendulkar playing his final Ranji Trophy game ahead of his international retirement. “Jitne log Sachin sir ko andar dekhne ke liye khade the, utne hee bahar the (There were as many people outside the stadium as inside to get a glimpse of Tendulkar. Only then I realised how big a deal is to be a cricketer in India, especially when you are revered like Sachin sir,” Shafali said on Thursday. “I can never forget that day. My cricketing journey started from there,” the soft-spoken player said hours after getting the news of her selection for the T20 series against South Africa. One of the youngest players to be picked for India, the rise of the Rohtak-born opener has been remarkable. She started playing the game five years ago and has already played three seasons for Haryana. READ: 15-year-old Shafali Verma… Read full this story
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