Women’s T20 WC: India’s biggest test in the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa will be on Thursday i.e. 23 February. Team India will face defending champions Australia in the semi-finals. The Australia women’s team has won the title of world champion five times (2010, 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2020). India and Australia will be face to face in the semi-finals before T20 World Cup 2023. These five Indian players will have to show their strength to play against the Kangaroos.
The last time Australia won the trophy, it defeated India in the final. Team India will look to avenge that defeat in Melbourne. However, before this match, the team management has to rectify some shortcomings. India’s journey in this tournament has been mixed so far. He had achieved four points in two matches by defeating Pakistan and West Indies. After that he got defeated against England. Rain cooperated against Ireland and the team won by five runs using the Duckworth-Lewis method. In these four matches, the team has won due to the performance of some players. It will be difficult to beat Australia because of one or two players. In such a situation, the team will have to improve in many areas.
1- Harmanpreet Kaur will have to show her guts
Harmanpreet Kaur, who has played 150 T20 matches, is the most experienced batsman of this team. His bat has been silent in this tournament so far. Leaving the match against the West Indies, she could not even touch the figure of 20 runs. Harmanpreet has played innings of 16, 33, 3 and 13 runs. She could not even score a half-century in the last six innings. Captain Harmanpreet is under a lot of pressure.
2- Smriti Mandhana
In the race for Mandhana top run scorer, England’s Natalie Seaver-Brunt is the top scorer of this tournament. He has scored 176 runs in the 4 matches he has played so far. India’s Smriti Mandhana is at number two, she has scored 149 runs in 3 matches. Australian opener Alyssa Healy is at number three with 146 runs in 3 matches.
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3- Shefali Verma
The bat of Shefali Verma, who made the Indian women’s Under-19 team the champion under her captaincy, has remained silent in the tournament so far. She has been able to play innings of 33, 28, 8 and 24 runs in four matches so far. Shafali started well in the three matches but could not convert it into a big innings. He has failed to learn from his mistakes which include his inability to rotate the strike and his shortcomings against the short ball. Against Australia, they have to improve in this matter. If this does not happen then the pressure will once again come on the middle order.
4- Renuka Thakur
3 players are at number one in the top wicket taker of the tournament. England’s Sophie Eccleston, Australia’s Megan Shutt and New Zealand’s Lee Tahuhu have 8-8 wickets in 4-4 matches. India’s Renuka Singh Thakur is second in this list with 7 wickets in 4 matches.
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Jemimah Rodrigues has done well in the tournament so far but more is expected of her to help the team.
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