India Women Squad vs South Africa: Shikha Pandey axed, Shafali Verma not in ODIs

Veteran medium pacer Shikha Pandey was on Saturday dropped from India’s ODI and T20 squads that can tackle South African girls in a twin sequence beginning March 7.

Essentially the most debatable choice by the Neetu David-led choice committee, nevertheless, was the exclusion of teenage batting sensation Shafali Verma in the ODI squad which has plodders like skipper Mithali Raj and Punam Raut, whose strike-rates have come below the scanner repeatedly.

With 19 T20 Internationals below her belt and an incredible Women’s T20 World Cup final 12 months, Shafali is a box-office cricketer.

“Will probably be attention-grabbing to know whether or not skipper Mithali Raj, who herself likes to bat on the prime of the order and consumes extra deliveries than permissible, had in any respect needed Shafali in the ODI squad,” a senior BCCI official, who sounded miffed with the transfer, advised PTI on situation of anonymity.

“Her absence implies that India lack firepower save Harmanpreet and Smriti. We misplaced out on a giant hitter,” he added.
The selectors, although, have included loads of rookies primarily based on their final season’s home performances in addition to A and B workforce sequence in opposition to Bangladesh.

Rookie keeper-batsman Shwetha Verma, together with the seasoned Sushma Verma, are the 2 keepers in each codecs.

Pandey’s exclusion was extra to do with the selectors wanting to take a look at the tempo bowling bench power and rookie right-arm medium pacers C Prathyusha and Monica Patel have been included in each the squads.

There may be additionally younger seamer Simran Dil Bahadur, who’s a part of the T20 Internationals workforce.

Left-arm spinner Yastika Bhatia has made approach for Ekta Bisht in the 50-over squad whereas Veda Krishnamurthy, after a protracted lean part, has been dropped from each squads.

All matches shall be performed at Lucknow’s Bharat Ratna Shree Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Worldwide Stadium.

The ODIs shall be performed between March 7-17 whereas the three T20 Internationals shall be held from March 20-23.

India Women’s ODI Squad: Mithali Raj (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), D. Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Swetha Verma (wicket-keeper), Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, C. Prathyusha, Monica Patel

India Women’s T20I Squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Nuzhat Parveen (wicket-keeper), Ayushi Soni, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Mansi Joshi, Monica Patel, C. Prathyusha, Simran Dil Bahadur.

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