IND-W vs ENG-W 1st ODI: Struggling Indian team aims to give fitting farewell to Jhulan Goswami

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IND-W vs ENG-W 1st ODI: Struggling Indian team aims to give fitting farewell to Jhulan Goswami
IND-W vs ENG-W 1st ODI: Struggling Indian team aims to give fitting farewell to Jhulan Goswami

IND-W vs ENG-W 1st ODI: Struggling Indian team aims to give fitting farewell to Jhulan Goswami

IND-W vs ENG-W 1st ODI: The Indian women’s cricket team will need to significantly step up its game in all areas to give veteran Jhulan Goswami a fitting send-off in the ODI series against England that gets underway here on Sunday after a lacklustre performance in the shorter format.

In the T20 International series, which they lost 1-2, India made the majority of mistakes, particularly with their batting and fielding. India had a fantastic chance to win the series against England because England was missing three of their senior players, including the injured captain Heather Knight.

After three games in England, their middle order problems have persisted for far too long. And are still not fully fixed. Although D Hemalatha was given a chance, she failed to have much of an influence.

Jemimah Rodrigues has included in the squad. But there still concerns about her fitness as she unable to compete in The Hundred owing to an injury.

IND-W vs ENG-W 1st ODI: Struggling Indian team aims to give fitting farewell to Jhulan Goswami
IND-W vs ENG-W 1st ODI: Struggling Indian team aims to give fitting farewell to Jhulan Goswami

Yastika Bhatia will under pressure to perform after cut from the T20 team. Shafali Verma, who has played three years of international cricket, has to establish consistency. While Smriti Mandhana and captain Harmanpreet Kaur continue to keep the batting together.

The pace department also doesn’t exude much confidence with Goswami’s retirement at the conclusion of the three-match ODI series. Despite Renuka Singh’s recent success, the team still mainly depends on spinners to perform even in challenging conditions abroad.

Pooja Vastrakar, Sneh Rana and Deepti Sharma merit a place in the side. But, is going with three all-rounders and no specialist in a playing eleven the right option?

The series is a part of the ICC ODI Women’s Championship. That will ultimately determine the World Cup qualifiers in 2025.

Amy Jones will continue to serve as the England team’s captain in Knight’s absence. After making an impression in the T20Is, Alice Capsesy and Freya Kemp have received their first ODI call-ups.

“It’s another big series, especially with points counting towards ICC Women’s World Cup qualification. And with the summer ending at Lord’s there’s a lot to be excited about,” head coach Lisa Keightley said in an ECB statement ahead of the series opener.

SQUADS

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.