When the Indian women’s team plays England in the first of three T20 Internationals on Friday, attention will be on their struggles with finishing at the plate. After India’s defeat by Australia in the Commonwealth Games final, Yastika Bhatia, the team’s second wicketkeeper, was dropped in favour of the uncapped power-hitters Dayalan Hemalatha and Kiran Prabhu Navgire.
With her record-breaking 162 not out against Arunachal Pradesh in the Senior T20 Trophy earlier this year, Maharashtra batter and Nagaland player Navgire gained attention and was subsequently included to the Velocity squad for the T20 Challenge.
It is unclear whether Navgire would be selected ahead of her older colleague Hemalatha, who is making a return after two years and is a member of both the T20 and ODI teams. Navgire demonstrated her power-hitting prowess by blasting the quickest fifty in the T20 Challenge in May.
After the three T20Is, there will be three ODIs, which will be legendary bowler Jhulan Goswami’s last series.
We fared well in the Commonwealth Games, but there is always room for development, according to captain Harmanpreet Kaur. Six batsmen from India are expected to bat first.
No of the format, according to Harmanpreet, there should always be six batters on the team.
A nice balance may be achieved by having two to three all-rounders and two to three specialist bowlers.
We have a few new players to fill in the gaps, such as the slog overs, where you need at least 10 runs every over.
“If they can have equal opportunities prior to the World Cup, then you have a reasonable concept to choose the squad. We will undoubtedly try new ways and provide equal opportunity so that we can work well together, she continued.
This will be an opportunity for England to atone for leaving the CWG empty-handed. The play-off for the bronze medal featured England vs New Zealand.
With Heather Knight, the normal captain, recuperating from hip surgery, the hosts will have their work cut out for them.
Nat Sciver was named captain in Knight’s absence, however she has also resigned, claiming “mental weariness.” For the series, Katherine Brunt was “rested.”
In Sciver’s absence, wicketkeeper-batter Amy Jones will captain the team, and it will be up to the England’s young players to create an impression in front of the T20 World Cup in 2017.
“We’re tremendously fired up… It’s a tremendously thrilling series with loads of obstacles to overcome. The brilliant 18-year-old all-rounder Alce Capsey remarked, “As a group, we’re fairly eager to get into it and have to adapt and conquer those hurdles.
Seamer Lauren Bell is scheduled to play in her first T20I match after making her Test and ODI debuts earlier this year. She will be joining the youthful seam pair of Freya Kemp and Issy Wong, who will have the difficult job of stopping the Indian power-hitters.
Harmanpreet Kaur is the captain of the Indian team, along with Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, Pooja Vastrakar, Jemimah Rodrigues, Sneh Rana, Renuka Singh, Meghna Singh, Radha Yadav, S Meghana, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Dayalan Hemal
Amy Jones (captain and wicketkeeper), Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn, Freya Kemp, Bryony Smith, Issy Wong, and Danni Wyatt are the members of the England team.
Match begins at 11.30 IST.