Fans celebrate as Shafali Verma smashes fastest double-hundred in Women’s Tests during IN-W vs SA-W game

Jun 28, 2024

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Shafali Verma, in a historic display of skill and determination, etched her name into the annals of cricket history during India‘s one-off Test against South Africa at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Shafali Verma’s record-breaking double century

On Day 1 of the match, Shafali achieved the remarkable milestone of becoming only the second Indian woman to score a double century in Test cricket. Her innings, characterized by aggressive stroke play and impeccable timing, saw her reach 205 runs off just 197 deliveries. This included an impressive tally of 23 boundaries and 8 towering sixes before an unfortunate run-out ended her innings at the striker’s end. This innings not only made her the youngest Indian to reach 500 Test runs but also the second youngest to score a Test hundred, following in the footsteps of the legendary Mithali Raj.

Recognition and legacy

Shafali’s double century also set a new benchmark in women’s Test cricket, breaking the previous record for the fastest double century held by Australia‘s Annabel Sutherland, achieved in 248 balls earlier in 2024 against South Africa. She joined a select group of cricketers, becoming only the second Indian and the tenth overall to achieve this milestone in women’s Tests.

Also READ: IN-W vs SA-W: Fans erupt in joy as Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma hit tons on Day 1 of the One-off Test

Memorable partnership with Smriti Mandhana

Batting first after India won the toss, Shafali and her opening partner Smriti Mandhana created history by setting the record for the highest opening partnership in Women’s Tests, amassing an impressive 292 runs off 52 overs. Shafali’s fifty came off 60 balls, followed swiftly by her maiden Test century off 158 deliveries. In the post-lunch session, she accelerated her scoring rate to reach the double century mark.

Despite Mandhana’s dismissal, Shafali continued to dominate the South African bowling attack, displaying her attacking prowess until an unfortunate run-out ended her innings just short of Mithali’s record of 248 runs. Despite the disappointment of falling short of another milestone, Shafali received a warm ovation from the Chepauk crowd for her extraordinary achievement.

Here’s how Fans reacted:

All of us obsessed with Indian cricket should rejoice at the stellar performance today of our unjustly neglected women Test cricketers! pic.twitter.com/VNVL3V7sMY

— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 28, 2024

200 FOR SHAFALI VERMA! 194 BALLS. 22 FOURS, 8 SIXES. 292 minutes

WHAT AN INNINGS! The crowd in Chepauk is thrilled! #INDvSA | @sportstarweb pic.twitter.com/m3tCVoyIGe

— Lavanya 🎙️🎥👩🏻‍💻 (@lav_narayanan) June 28, 2024

Shafali Verma becomes the second Indian woman after Mithali Raj (while being a 19-year old vs ENG at Taunton in 2002) to score a double century in women’s Test cricket.#INDvSA

— Rhitankar Bandyopadhyay (@rhitankar8616) June 28, 2024

Last night, we celebrated India’s thumping win over England in WC T20 semifinal. More reason to rejoice. Shafali Verma just smashed a super unbeaten double century in Test against S Africa in Chennai. The Rohtak girl scored 205 hammering in just 197 deliveries with 8 sixes and 23… pic.twitter.com/SGf9wr98W5

— Avijit Ghosh (@cinemawaleghosh) June 28, 2024

Soak in the moment, Shafali; you’re a Test Double Centurion 💙#INDvSA

pic.twitter.com/NFgEotlLiF

— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) June 28, 2024

Double hundred for Shafali Verma 👏🏏#women #cricket #ShafaliVerma #INDvSA #testcricket #CricketTwitter #WomenCricket pic.twitter.com/IBoAstvOSO

— WomenCricket.com (@WomenCricketHQ) June 28, 2024

Shafali verma, that was an innings of pure class, disdain and lack of remorse for the opposition. Batted RSA out of the game on day 1.

— ebra 🇵🇹🇩🇪 (@GalacticoWrld) June 28, 2024

Shafali 200 my my my my 🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁💪💪💪💪

— mohsinali (@mohsinaliisb) June 28, 2024

Shafali fails to go past Mithali Raj. Yet this remains a great innings from her. Her running still needs a lot of work. #INDvSA

— The Cricket Philosopher (@outof22yards) June 28, 2024

Terrible end to what is one of the all-time great innings from an Indian

Shafali Verma, thank you for the entertainment, nobody else in world cricket could have pulled that innings off#INDvSA

— Mohit Shah (@mohit_shah17) June 28, 2024

200 for Shafali!!!

— Srinivas R (@srini_r_twit) June 28, 2024

There’s something with Haryana openers and double-hundreds at better than run-a-ball.

Shafali Verma gets to her maiden double-centuries in 194 balls, the fastest in women’s Tests. Moved from 187 to 200 in three balls, with 6, 6 and 1.#INDvSA | #CricketTwitter

— Hemant Brar (@HemantBrar_) June 28, 2024

Shafali Verma 200* against SA women 👏🏼

Good to see her build the temperament to play long innings! pic.twitter.com/TCHMzRrq6S

— Sam Mathad (@sameermathad) June 28, 2024

Shafali Verma made history in Chennai by smashing the 𝗳𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗵𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗱 in women’s Test cricket. She became only the 10th player overall to achieve this milestone and only the second Indian to do so. pic.twitter.com/HoWUknc66c

— Vijay Anaparthi (@VijayCricketFan) June 28, 2024

What an innings by Shafali. 205! Run out though! Well played!

— Dharya Puri (धैर्य पूरी) (@DPThirdCharm) June 28, 2024

Also READ: Women’s Asia Cup 2024 Schedule: India to play against Pakistan on the opening day

This article was first published at WomenCricket.com, a Cricket Times company.

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