The Women India Team is bracing up for the upcoming tournaments. Ready to lock horns in series against West Indies and Asia Cup T20 tournament, Harmanpreet Kaur is declared as the captain of the T20 team. Kaur is the top all-rounder of the team, who has led to many victories. Previously, Mithali Raj was the captain of the T20 as well as ODI team. Raj will lead the ODI team in the series against West Indies. The upcoming matches with West Indies will start on November 10. Kaur has a good experience of handling the team before. The player has led three ODI matches and six T20s so far. She took the helm of the team when captain Mithali Raj was rested during the tournament with Bangladesh Women team. Harmanpreet Kaur was the captain of the T20 team in March 2014.
The women squad will undergo a makeover for the series. Several players are being called up and included in the team. For the ODI matches, players like Ekta Bisht, Sukanya Parida, Devika Vaidya and Mona Meshram are inducted. Of this, Meshram is an all-rounder, while the rests are specialized in bowling. Vaidya is a leg spinner, Bisht is a left arm spinner and Parida is the seamer. Meshram’s comeback is after three years since she played along the team in April 2013. Bisht has been consistent with the team playing T20s as well as ODI, however, she missed the series against Sri Lanka. For Vaidya, the ODIs will be maiden. She has only played a single T20 previously.
Asia Cup will start on November 27 and will go on until December 5, where Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand and Nepal will participate along with India. In the T20 squad as well, substantial changes are being made. Sbbhineni Meghana, Mansi Joshi, Nuzhat Parween, Preeti Bose and Sushma Verma will play in the team. The former four players are uncapped in T20 matches. Sushma Verma will be replaced by Deepti Sharma in the T20 series with West Indies. The three last ODI matches with West Indies will fetch points for ICC Women’s Championship. Current in the rankings, India is at sixth position and must finish in Top four for automatic qualification in the tournament. West Indies, on the other hand, is on third in the series.
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