Women’s cricket: India’s WC preparation to finally begin with home series against South Africa

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The Indian ladies’s crew will finally get to shake off the rust after 12 months of no worldwide cricket and begin their ODI World Cup preparation with the five-match series against South Africa starting right here on Sunday.

While the South Africans come into the series contemporary from their home rubber against Pakistan final month, the Indians final performed on March 8, 2020 after they misplaced to Australia within the T20 World Cup ultimate.

The quarantine protocol in COVID occasions have given solely two days of nets to each the groups, making it more durable for the gamers to be at their greatest from the phrase go.

It may be safely mentioned that the Indians have fallen behind of their World Cup preparation in contrast to the likes of England, New Zealand and Australia, who’ve performed extra commonly amid the pandemic.

The new choice committee has are available in with its personal imaginative and prescient and picked six uncapped gamers for the eight match contest additionally comprising three T20s, leaving out senior gamers like Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia and Veda Krishnamurthy. The non- collection of T20 star Shafali Verma for the ODIs has additionally raised a couple of eyebrows.

Harmanpreet Kaur, who’s Mithali Raj’s deputy in ODIs and T20 captain, insisted that rustiness won’t be a difficulty for them and the gamers are itching to take the sector after an extended hole.

“It was a long break but sometimes things are not under your control, now we are getting to play cricket and we have to ensure we use this time and make our best combination for the upcoming tournaments,” Harmanpreet, who shall be taking part in her one hundredth ODI on Sunday, had mentioned two days earlier than the series opener.

Though the gamers didn’t get a lot recreation time over the previous one 12 months, they ensured their health remained unaffected. Some of the gamers, together with Jemimah Rodrigues and Deepti Sharma, used the free time to play in membership tournaments as they didn’t know when the following India project would come.

With the ODI World Cup scheduled in New Zealand early subsequent 12 months, the crew wants to discover choices within the middle-order and the tempo division.

South Africa, who lately beat Pakistan 3-0, will miss the companies of their common skipper Dane van Niekerk and all-rounder Chloe Tyron for the India tour. Sune Luus will lead the facet in Niekerk’s absence.

The guests acquired little or no time to get used to the situations however they go into the series with much more match time than the hosts.

All the video games shall be performed at cutting-edge Ekana Stadium with crowd capability capped at 10 per cent.

Teams (from)

India ladies: Mithali Raj (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur, D Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Swetha Verma, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, C Prathyusha, Monica Patel.

South Africa ladies: Sune Luus (captain), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunnicliffe, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune.

Match begins at 9 am.

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