The All-India Women’s Selection Committee on Wednesday announced India’s squad for the tri-series in South Africa starting in January and the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023.
The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 is set to begin on February 10, with India set to begin their campaign on February 12 against Pakistan in Cape Town.
India is in Group 2 with England, West Indies, Pakistan, and Ireland. The top two teams in each group at the end of the group stage will play in the semi-finals. The final will be held on February 26.
NEWS 🚨 – India squad for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 & tri-series in South Africa announced.
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— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) December 28, 2022
Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the team while Smriti Mandhana will be her deputy. Veteran pacer Shikha Pandey also found a spot in the World Cup squad. She last played for India in October 2021 before being controversially dropped from the team. Her inclusion also shows the lack of depth in the pace bowling department. The 33-year-old, whose strength is to swing the ball, has featured in three tests, 55 ODIs and 56 T20s.
Jemimah Rodrigues has managed to retain her place in the team despite low returns in India’s 1-4 series loss to the mighty Australia. Left-arm pacer Anjali Sarvani is also part of the team following her debut series against Australia. The other pace bowling options include Renuka Thakur and Pooja Vastrakar, whose inclusion in the squad is subject to fitness.
The Australia series exposed India’s frailties in the bowling department and team has a lot of work to do before the ICC event.
The spinners in the team include all-rounders Deepti Sharma and Devika Vaidya besides Radha Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh are already in South Africa with the U-19 team.
Ahead of the T20 World Cup, India will play a tri-series tournament that will begin from January 19.
India’s squad for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (Vice-Captain), Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (wk), Richa Ghosh (wk) Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Devika Vaidya, Radha Yadav, Renuka Thakur, Anjali Sarvani, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, and Shikha Pandey
reserve: Sabbhineni Meghana, Sneh Rana, Meghna Singh.
India’s squad for Tri series: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (Vice Captain), Yastika Bhatia (wk), Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Devika Vaidya, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav, Renuka Thakur, Meghna Singh, Anjali Sarvani, Shushma Verma (wk ), Amanjot Kaur, Pooja Vastrakar, Sabbhineni Meghana, Sneh Rana, Shikha Pandey