An emotional Shafali played a pivotal role in helping India claim the inaugural U19 title with an emphatic seven-wicket victory over England on Sunday and the 19-year-old is now eyeing off a historic double.

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Shafali is already an established star in India's senior side and wants to make the visit to South Africa even more worthwhile with another piece of silverware at next month's tournament.

"No, the big one also," Shafali noted when asked if the U19 trophy was the only one she was looking to take back from South Africa.

"I am someone who focuses on task at hand.

"When I entered the Under-19s, I only focused on winning the Under-19 Cup and we have won that today. 

"I will look to take this winning confidence with me and win the senior World Cup. 

"I will try and forget this and get involved with the senior setup and gel with the team and win the World Cup."

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A proud Shafali Verma with the winning trophy
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Shafali was part of India's squad that fell at the final hurdle at the 2020 T20 World Cup, when Australia defeated the Asian side by 85 runs in front of more than 85,000 fans at the MCG.

Shafli was a baby-faced 17-year-old when that final took place in Melbourne almost three years ago, but the India star said she still feels the pain from the loss.

"Melbourne was a very emotional day for me in that final game, we didn't win the game," Shafali recalled.

"When I joined the Under-19 team, I'm just thinking, 'you know, we have to win this Cup.' I'm just telling all the girls, 'We have to win this Cup, we are here for the Cup.'

"We had lost the World Cup and it was tears of sadness. Today, they were tears of happiness because we achieved what we came here for. 

"I tried controlling it but it couldn't happen. I will look at this as a big achievement and look to use this to learn something more. I will try to score more runs for India and am not going to be satisfied with this Cup. This is just the beginning."

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Shafali finished the U19 event as the third leading run scorer with a total of 172 runs, with teammate and fellow opener Shweta Sehrawat topping the charts with a whopping 297 runs.

Spinners Parshavi Chopra (12 wickets) and Mannat Kashyap (nine) were among the leading wicket-takers at the tournament and India coach Nooshin Al Khadeer said there was even contributions from the entire squad.

"The most special thing about (this group) is the belief," he said,

"It was a bad game against Australia but the way they have gathered and played thereafter, all credit to the vibes we have. We kept it very simple; we thought we would just play proper cricket and simple cricket, and we would achieve this.

"We have a good future back in India."

 

ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017: Squads

One among them will lift the trophy on February 21, but four will leave with prize berths for the eight-team ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

Bangladesh

Rumana Ahmed (c)

Sharmin Akter

Jahanara Alam

Suraya Azmin

Panna Ghosh

Fargana Hoque

Sanjida Islam

Murshida Khatun

Salma Khatun

Khadiza-Tul Kubra

Ritu Moni

Shaila Sharmin

Sarmin Sultana

Nigar Sultana

 

India

Mithali Raj (capt)

Harmanpreet Kaur (vc)

Ekta Bisht

Sushma Verma

MD Thirushkamini

Rajeshwari Gayakwad

Soni Yadav

Mansi Joshi

Veda Krishnamurthy

Mona Meshram

Shikha Pandy

Deepti Sharma

Devika Vaidya

Poonam Yadav

 

Ireland

Laura Delany (c)

Kim Garth (vc)

Isobel Joyce

Cecelia Joyce

Shauna Kavanagh

Meg Kendal

Amy Kenealy

Robyn Lewis

Gaby Lewis

Louise McCarthy

Ciara Metcalfe

Lucy O'Reilly

Clare Shillington

Mary Waldron

 

Pakistan

Sana Mir (c)

Bismah Maroof (vc)

Aiman Anwar

Muneeba Ali Siddiqui

Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi

Ghulam Fatima

Bibi Nahida

Rabiya Shah

Aliya Riaz

Nashra Sundhu

Maham Tariq

Javeria Wadood

Sadia Yousaf

Ayesha Zafar

 

Papua New Guinea

Pauke Siaka (c)

Vicky Ara’a

Kaia Arua

Helen Buruka

Veru Frank

Sibona Jimmy

Kopi John

Ravini Oa

Konio Oala

Norma Ovasuru

Hinamutawa Philip

Tanya Ruma

Brenda Tau

Mairi Tom

 

Scotland

Abbi Aitken (c)

Kari Anderson (vc)

Kathryn Bryce

Sarah Bryce

Naz Chatterji

Kirstie Gordon

Samantha Haggo

Lorna Jack

Abtaha Maqsood

Katie McGill

Liz Priddle

Ollie Rae

Rachel Scholes

Fi Urquhart

 

South Africa

Dane Van Niekerk (c)

Trisha Chetty

Moseline Daniels

Mignon Du Preez

Yolani Fourie

Lara Goodall

Shabnim Ismail

Marizanne Kapp

Ayabonga Khaka

Lizelle Lee

Matshipi Letsoalo

Sune Luus

Chloe Tryon

Laura Wolvaardt

 

Sri Lanka 

Inoka Ranaweera (c)

Prasadani Weerakkodi

Chamari Polgampola

Chamari Athapaththu

Hasini Perera

Udeshika Prabodani

Sugandika Kumari

Inoshi Fernando

Malsha Shehani

Dilani Manodara

Sripali Weerakkody

Nipuni Hansika

Eshani Lokusooriya

 Harshitha Madhavi

 

Thailand

Sornnarin Tippoch (c)

Nattaya Boochatham (vc)

Shagufta Arwae

Naruemol Chaiwai

Natthakan Chantham

Rosenanee Kanoh

Nannpat Khoncharoenkai

Suleeporn Laomi

Soraya Lateh

Ratanaporn Padunglerd

Sirintra Saengsakaorat

Sainammin Saenya

Rattana Sangsoma

Chanida Sutthiruang

 

Zimbabwe

Sharne Mayers (c)

Precious Marange (vc)

Ashley Ndiraya

Esther Mbofana

Josephine Nkomo

Pellagia Mujaji

Modester Mupachikwa

Nonhlanhla Nyathi

Nomatter Mutasa

Loreen Tshuma

Tasmeen Granger

Nomvelo Sibanda

Marry-anne Musonda

Anesu Mushangwe 

 

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