Struggling Indian side aim to bid farewell to Jhulan

After an ordinary showing in the shortest format, the Indian women’s cricket team will have to significantly improve their game in all departments and bid farewell to veteran Jhulan Goswami in the ODI series against England starting here on Sunday.

India got most things wrong in the T20 Internationals series which they lost 1-2, especially their batting and line-up. With England missing all three senior players, including injured skipper Heather Knight, it was a good chance for India to register a rare series win against England.

Their middling issues have gone on too long and after three games in England they are far from over. Dr Hemalatha was judged but she couldn’t make much of an impact.

Although Jemimah Rodrigues has been named to the squad, questions remain over her fitness after being left out of The Hundred due to injury. After being dropped from the T20 squad, the pressure will be on Yastika Bhatia to perform. As Smriti Mandhana and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur continue to hold the baton together, Shafali Verma needs to find consistency after three years in international cricket.

With Goswami retiring at the end of the three-game ODI series, the pace department doesn’t inspire much confidence either. Renuka Singh has been doing well lately, but the team still relies heavily on spinners to get the job done, even in overseas conditions.

Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana and Deepti Sharma deserve a spot in the squad. But is leaving with three versatile players and no eleven specialist the right option? The series is part of the ICC ODI Women’s Championship which will eventually decide the 2025 World Cup qualifiers.

In Knight’s absence, Amy Jones will continue to manage the England team. Alice Capsy and Freya Kemp, who impressed in the T20Is, received their first call-ups for the ODI series.

“It’s another great series, especially with points counting towards ICC Women’s World Cup qualification, and with the end of the summer at Lord’s there’s plenty to be excited about,” said said head coach Lisa Keightley in an ECB statement ahead of the series opener. Teams (from): India: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Sabbineni Meghana, Deepti Sharma, Taniyaa Bhatia (WK), Yastika Bhatia (WK), Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana , Renuka Thakur, Meghna Singh, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Harleen Deol, Dayalan Hemalatha, Simran Dil Bahadur, Jhulan Goswami, Jemimah Rodrigues.

England: Amy Jones, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Maia Bouchier, Alice Capsey, Kate Cross, Freya Davies, Alice Davidson-Richards, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Eclestone, Freya Kemp, Issy Wong, Danni Wyatt. The match starts at 3:30 PM IST.

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