The battle has been played for the Women's World Cup. For the first time, the World Cup in Australia will be held from 21 February to 8 March. In the seventh edition, the defending champions and the world's number one team will face a tough challenge from India, England, New Zealand and South Africa. The first match is between Australia and India. Australia has won the title four times while the Indian team is awaiting the first title. The Indian team has reached the semi-finals three times.
Star batsman Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the Indian team. The last time the Indian team reached the semi-finals was in 2018. After Australia, the Indian team has the most depth in batting. The team includes Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues in addition to Captain Harman and 16-year-old young talented Shafali Verma. 16-year-old Richa Ghosh, Veda Krishnamurthy and wicketkeeper Taniya Bhatia also bat well. If the top order goes, then any bowling flag can be blown off. Apart from spinners Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav, Poonam Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad, the bowling attack will be responsible for the medium pacer Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy and Pooja Vastrakar. However, Pooja will have to overcome muscle strain.
The Indian team may miss pace bowler Jhulan Goswami and veteran batsman Mithali Raj. Mithali retired from the T20 format last year while Jhulan has not played in it since 2018.