Indian Women’s T20 Cricket Team Ready to Thrill Fans
The Indian Women’s cricket team are ready to shake the world with the announcement of their squad for the opening match of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup against Australia on Friday February 21, 2020.
The squad is made up of a mix of experienced and younger players who are looking to play exciting cricket after their excellent performance in the recent one-day series which included an outstanding 7-wicket win against the Australians.
In addition to experienced world class stars including Punjabi captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Maharashtrian vice captain Smitri Mandhana and exciting 19-year-old all rounder Jemimah Rodrigues, the Indian selectors have decided to look to the future and blood some exciting young teenagers.
The next generation of Indian players in the squad includes Haryana born 15-year-old sensation Shafali Verma and 16-year-old Bengali batting prodigy Richa Ghosh.
Indian coach WV Raman is so confident that his team will perform under pressure that he has installed them as one of the tournament favourites.
Raman shared his thoughts on Team India’s preparation and chances in an ESPN Cricinfo interview: “They are definitely one of the favourites and made people sit up and take notice in the 2017 World Cup and the 2018 T20 World Cup. Since then there has been a lot of improvement, in terms of fitness, agility on the field and their approach to batting,” he said.
They have been shaping well over the last six months. It is more or less a better and settled team than perhaps what it was when I took over. These girls have a very good chance in this World Cup.
“The way all of them want to do well and take up responsibility will be evident regardless of how things pan out. They are definitely in with a good chance and have an opportunity to create history and they will become superstars if they go on and win.”
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur is looking at the bigger picture and hopes a good performance in the tournament will be catalyst for the game in India including a Women’s version of the highly successful Indian Premier League.
“If we win the World Cup, things are going to change, no doubt about it and hopefully we will get that tournament win. If we get a women’s IPL, that would be very, very good for us.” said Kaur.
For Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar the match against Australia has grown to be a rich addition to the wider cricket rivalry between the two countries.
“Australia and India is becoming a big rivalry and both teams have terrific youngsters who are talented, positive and fearless and can produce quality and competitive cricket,” said Tendulkar.
The ‘Little Master’ hopes India’s performance in the tournament will continue the momentum for women’s cricket in India:
There are young girls in India who are picking up a cricket bat or cricket ball who are being motivated by these players.
Indian Squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy, Rajeshwari Gaekwad, Richa Ghosh
ICC Women’s World Cup Opening Match Details:
India vs Australia
WHEN: Friday February 21, 2020 7pm
WHERE: Sydney Showground Stadium
COST: Starting from $5