Shafali Verma Smashes Fastest Double Century in Women’s Test Cricket History

Shafali Verma sets a new record with the fastest double century in women’s Test cricket, scoring 205 off 197 balls against South Africa.

Shafali Verma the top opener for the Indian women’s team, pulled off an amazing performance on Friday to become the fastest double-century in women’s Test cricket history. During the special Test match in Chennai against South Africa, Shafali recorded the feat. Shafali, 20, broke Annabel Sutherland’s previous record of 248 balls for a double ton against the same team earlier this year by scoring a century off just 194 balls.

Shafali’s unbelievable achievement makes her only the second Indian woman to reach a double century in the longest format, following former captain and batting great Mithali Raj, who hit 214 runs off 407 balls in a drawn Test against England at Taunton 22 years ago.

Shafali’s innings, which included eight massive sixes and 23 fours, was a masterpiece in aggressive batting. She celebrated reaching 200 runs with style, hitting back-to-back sixes off off-spinner Delmi Tucker and then a single to cement her record.

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Shafali Verma Smashes Fastest Double Century in Women's Test Cricket History
Shafali Verma (Image: X)

After a mix-up with partner Jemimah Rodrigues, the youthful opener was run out at 205 off 197 balls, capping an incredible effort.

Shafali Verma came within 38 runs of shattering the global record and nearly lost out on becoming the highest individual scorer by an Indian in a women’s Test innings. Kiran Baluch of the Pakistan women’s team still holds the record for most runs in a Test innings, having amassed 242 against the West Indies in 2004.

Shafali Verma’s 205 runs make her the seventh-highest player to score in women’s Tests.

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Shafali Verma Smashes Fastest Double Century in Women's Test Cricket History
Shafali Verma (Image: X)

Shafali’s outstanding performance was complemented by her opening partner, Smriti Mandhana, who pitched an equally aggressive inning. Mandhana scored an impressive 149 points in just 161 deliveries, hitting 27 boundaries and one six. They formed a solid opening partnership, scoring 292 runs in just 52 overs.

As a result, the Indian duo established the highest opening partnership in women’s Test cricket. Pakistan’s Sajjida Shah and Kiran Baluch surpassed Shafali and Mandhana’s 241-run opening partnership against the West Indies in Karachi in 2004. 

In women’s Test cricket, the Indian duo had the highest opening partnership as well. The opening partnership of Pakistan’s Sajjida Shah and Kiran Baluch against the West Indies in Karachi in 2004 (the same innings in which Baluch went on to score the highest individual score in women’s Tests) was surpassed by Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana with 241 runs. Sharma and Shafali are members of Team India.

Mandhana was also the most outstanding player in India’s ODI series against South Africa, scoring two centuries and a fifty to lead the team to a 3-0 victory.

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