India seek to avenge Commonwealth Games final loss
- Captain Heather Knight will miss the series with a persistent injury
- Jhulan Goswami set to play farewell series
India women are set to tour England for a white-ball assignment, starting from September 10th. The tour will kick off with three T20 internationals on September 10, 13 and 15. Three ODIs to be part of the ICC Women’s Championship will be played on September 18, 21 and 24.
Sadly, the third ODI at Lord’s will also mark the farewell of Jhulan Goswami‘s illustrious International career. The veteran seamer missed cricket action in recent times due to an injury. From the English side, captain Heather Knight has been out of action for a while with a hip injury.
India toured England last year for a multi-format series, where they managed to draw the one-off Test, but lost both white-ball legs by 2-1 each. India are a much better side this time around and stand a better chance against the hosts.
Who are the favourites?
England are a formidable side in the fifty-over format and they will be favourites to win the three-match ODI series. The head-to-head record between these two sides is tilted in England’s favour, who have won four out of the last five ODIs. In the most recent ODI clash between the two, England had hammered India by four wickets and 19 overs to spare in the World Cup.
As for the T20I leg, however, India will be slight favourites. They’re coming on the back of an impressive Commonwealth Games campaign, where they reached the final by defeating England and even pushed mighty Australia to the limit in both games. The likes of Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Renuka Singh are in superb form of late.
Smriti Mandhana is currently in England and has been outstanding for Southern Brave in the Hundred. The left-hand batter has scored 178 runs in five games at an average of 44 while striking at an exceptional 171. Mandhana has amassed 2892 runs in ODIs at 43 average and 84 strike rate. In the shorter format, she has made 2192 runs in 92 T20Is at an average of 26 while striking at 122.
Nat Sciver is amongst the most valuable players in the game and has a superb record to her name. She has 2829 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 42 and strike rate of 92 while also picking 63 scalps at 4.48 rpo. In T20I cricket, Sciver has scored over 1900 runs and picked 76 wickets. Sciver has been in good form, having scored 156 runs in five games in the Hundred while also picking five wickets.
Sophie Ecclestone is the world no. 1 bowler in both white-ball formats and has improved her batting as well. She has 79 wickets in 49 ODIs at an average of 21.11 and has claimed 78 scalps from 58 T20Is at an economy of 5.97 and at 16.19 runs per wicket. The left-arm spinner had picked 11 wickets across six white-ball games on India’s last tour. Ecclestone, in the recent women’s Hundred, snared eight scalps and smashed 82 runs at 152 strike rate.