India Women have named their 15-member squad for the ICC Women's World T20 2018 in the Caribbean in November, and it features several young faces.
The Harmanpreet Kaur-led squad has seven members who have played fewer than 15 Twenty20 International matches, with one uncapped player in D Hemalatha.
With the experienced Jhulan Goswami having hung up her boots, the pace attack will comprise Mansi Joshi, Arundhati Reddy and Pooja Vastrakar. Joshi and Reddy had impressed on the tour of Sri Lanka, in the one-day internationals and T20Is respectively. The experienced Shikha Pandey has been left out, while Vastrakar, who has shown she can swing her bat as well, has recovered from injury to be back in contention.
“They have started to think more about positive cricket rather than just competing."@BCCIWomen coach Ramesh Powar is impressed with the brand of cricket the side is adopting ahead of the Women's #WT20.— ICC World Twenty20 (@WorldT20) September 28, 2018
Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht and all-rounder Anuja Patil will bring their experience to the bowling attack, while Radha Yadav, Deepti Sharma, Hemalatha and Kaur herself will back them in the spin bowling department.
Jemimah Rodrigues, who top scored in the 4-0 series sweep of Sri Lanka and shot up to No.14 on the MRF Tyres ICC Women's T20I Batting Rankings in just her 14th match, will be among those playing their maiden ICC tournament.
Seniors Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Kaur, Patil and Veda Krishnamurthy will be expected to shoulder the weight of the batting, with young wicket-keeper batter Taniya Bhatia providing some fireworks.
India are in Group B of the tournament, along with Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland. They open their campaign on 9 November against New Zealand in Guyana.
Squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana (vc), Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, D Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy
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