15-yr-old Shafali Verma comes into Indian women's T20 squad

Veteran Mithali Raj's retirement from the T20 format on Thursday paved the way for the induction of youngsters such as 15-year-old rookie Shafali Verma in the Indian women's cricket team for the upcoming home T20 Internationals against South Africa.

Shafali was picked following her good performance in the Women's T20 challenge earlier. The diminutive Haryana-girl played under Mithali for Team Velocity in the women's T20 challenge.

Mithali, though, will continue to lead the team in the three-match ODI series, which will follow the five T20 Internationals, where Harmanpreet Kaur will captain.

Smriti Mandhana will be Harmanpreet's deputy in the T20s.

Mithali decided to quit T20 Internationals after a career spanning 89 matches in which she scored 2364 runs and 17 half-centuries. She led India in 32 T20Is.