Harmanpreet Kaur to lead India Women against South Africa T20 series

India Women’s cricket team all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur is all set to captain the Indian Women cricket team in the T20I series against South Africa, which will begin from 13th February 13. While the BCCI named Harmanpreet the captain, it announced Smriti Mandhana the vice-captain of the squad on Tuesday (23 January).

On Monday (22 January), the God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar met the Indian women’s cricket team at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) Bandra Kurla complex, to wish them the best for the punishing three-match ODI series and five-match T20I series against South Africa.

Tendulkar gave the women’s team some lectures on what to expect in the Protean territory, where the Indian men’s team is struggling as well. Sachin Tendulkar instructed the Harmanpreet-led team to not bother too much about the playing conditions and to avoid making minor mistakes.

As reported by NDTV Sports, star all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur spoke about the two practice matches that they will play in South Africa, and how it will help the Indian team to gain confidence ahead of the Women’s ODI and T20 series. Harmanpreet said,

“Going early will help us get used to the wickets there. We are getting two practice games and it will help build confidence before the main matches. The teams looks good and hopefully we will do well.”

“Actually after the World Cup (last year), this is the first series we are playing, and the tour will be very challenging for us and we are looking forward to it.”
Harmanpreet spoke about the Mumbai cricketer Jemimah Rodrigues, who was picked up for the Indian women’s side due to her excellent performances in domestic cricket. As reported by mid-day, the 28-year-old said,
“She (Jemimah) is good and has been performing since a long time. We needed players like these, we have a bunch of players but felt that girls should come and perform.The way she has performed in 2-3 years and if she gets a chance to play, she will be crucial and her performance will be good for the team.”
India will play five T20Is (starting from 13 February), after the completion of the ODI series (5 February).
India Women’s T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana (vc), Mithali Raj, Veda Krishnamurthy, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Anuja Patil, Taniya Bhatia (wk), Nuzhat Parveen (wk), Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav.