ENG-W vs IND-W: Top 5 players to watch out for in India’s ODI series against England: After settling the one-off Test with a draw having returned to Test cricket after seven long years, India women’s cricket team is a confident unit. Shafali Verma’s twin half-centuries on debut and a fighting Sneh Rana were the highlights of the match. But now Mithali Raj & Co take on Heather Knight’s England in a three-match ODI series, a format where India are battle tested. With an aim to bounce back, the likes of Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues are expected to fire while England will respond through Nat Sciver or Lauren Winfield-Hill.
Ahead of the crucial ODI series, where India can re-enter Top-3 of ODI rankings, InsideSport takes a look at the top five players to watch out for.
In women’s cricket, the name carries respect. The second woman cricketer to score 10,000 international runs, Mithali Raj is always the batter to watch out for. With a phenomenal white ball average of 51.06 (ODI) and 37.52 (T20I), she can be a potential game-changer for Team India. Raj’s bamboozling form against South Africa at home is another reason that makes her favourite. In the five ODI’s she played for India, she had an average of 70 and smashed two half-centuries.
England’s women cricket skipper averages – 38.61 (ODI) and 22.71 (T20) may look normal but her recent form on their tour to New Zealand has been blazing, especially in ODI’s where she managed to gather 2 half-centuries and averaged 67.5. Though a flop show in T20I against New Zealand, the unprecedented player can explode off potentially against India.
Much like Knight, she shares a similar scenario with averages- 39.61 (ODI) and 25.32 (T20I). Averaging 48 in their tour to New Zealand with a debacle performance averaging 11.66 in T20I’s, she has often been in turvy-topsy form for her side. Coupling with her bowling tactics, Team India should have string plans to tackle her.
Too early to drool over her past forms as she broke to action during the ongoing series against England wherein the only Test match she roared loud and changed the complexion of the match. Though she has not played any ODI’s but her acclimatization to T20I and her spectacular average of 43.33 recently against South Africa earlier this year could be a potential danger to the English camp. The three lions will anyway be extra cautious of her because of her blazing show in the Test.
Kaur’s career averages 35.66 (ODI’s) and 26.98 (T20I’s) are decent to pose her as a threat to the English camp. Besides, she averaged 53.33 in the ODI series against South Africa and has often risen to the occasion as a power hitter. Her ferocious hitting skills eye her serious danger to the opposition.
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