The Indian women’s team will lastly get to shake off the rust after 12 months of no worldwide cricket and begin their ODI World Cup preparation with the five-match sequence in opposition to South Africa starting on Sunday. Whereas the South Africans come into the sequence recent from their house rubber in opposition to Pakistan final month, the Indians final performed on March 8, 2020 after they misplaced to Australia within the T20 World Cup last. The quarantine protocol in COVID instances have given solely two days of nets to each the groups, making it more durable for the gamers to be at their finest from the phrase go.
It may be safely stated that the Indians have fallen behind of their World Cup preparation in comparison with the likes of England, New Zealand and Australia, who’ve performed extra often amid the pandemic.
The brand 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- number of T20 star Shafali Verma for the ODIs has additionally raised just a few 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 sphere after a protracted hole.
“It was a protracted break however typically issues will not be beneath your management, now we’re attending to play cricket and we have now to make sure we use this time and make our greatest mixture for the upcoming tournaments,” Harmanpreet, who will likely be enjoying her a centesimal ODI on Sunday, had stated two days earlier than the sequence opener.
Although the gamers didn’t get a lot recreation time over the previous one 12 months, they ensured their health remained unaffected.
A few 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 group must discover choices within the middle-order and the tempo division.
South Africa, who just 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 received little or no time to get used to the circumstances however they go into the sequence with much more match time than the hosts.
All of the video games will likely be performed at cutting-edge Ekana Stadium with crowd capability capped at 10 per cent.
India girls: 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 girls: 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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