After a regular showing in the shortest format, the Indian women’s cricket team will have to improve dramatically in all divisions and bid a fitting farewell to veteran Jhulan Goswami in the ODI series against England, starting in Hove on Sunday. India got most things wrong in the T20 Internationals series, losing 1-2, especially their battle and field work. With England missing their three senior players, including injured skipper Heather Knight, it was a good chance for India to secure a rare win over England.
Their problems with the middle class have lasted far too long and after three games in England it is far from resolved. D Hemalatha was put on trial, but she couldn’t make much of an impression.
Although Jemimah Rodrigues has been named in the roster, questions remain about her fitness after she was ruled out of the Hundred due to injury.
After Yastika Bhatia has been dropped from the T20 roster, there will be pressure on Yastika Bhatia to perform. While Smriti Mandhana and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur continue to hold the percussion together, Shafali Verma must find consistency after three years in international cricket.
With Goswami retiring at the end of the three-game ODI series, the pace department isn’t inspiring much either. Renuka Singh has been doing well lately, but the team still relies heavily on spinners to get the job done, even in overseas conditions.
Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana and Deepti Sharma deserve a place on the side. But is going with three all-rounders and no specialist in a playing eleven the right option? The series is part of the ICC ODI Women’s Championship, which will ultimately determine the qualifiers for the 2025 World Cup.
In Knight’s absence, Amy Jones will continue to lead the England squad. Alice Capsesy and Freya Kemp, who impressed in the T20Is, have received their first call-up for the ODI series.
“It’s another big run, especially with points counting towards ICC Women’s World Cup qualifiers, and with the summer ending at Lord’s there’s a lot to be excited about,” head coach Lisa Keightley said in an ECB statement. prior to the series opener.
india: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (Vice Captain), Shafali Verma, Sabbineni Meghana, Deepti Sharma, Taniyaa Bhatia (WK), Yastika Bhatia (WK), Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana, Renuka Thakur, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Dayalan Hemalatha, Simran Dil Bahadur, Jhulan Goswami, Jemimah Rodrigues.
England: Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Alice Davidson-Richards, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Eclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt.
The match starts at 3:30 PM IST.
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