Fit-again Rodrigues returns to T20I squad for Women’s Asia Cup

Match-again Jemimah Rodrigues has returned to India’s 15-member T20I squad for the Girls’s Asia Cup to be held in Bangladesh from October 1-15.
Rodrigues missed the continued England tour due to a wrist damage that she picked up throughout her stint on the Girls’s Hundred with Northern Superchargers. Since her return, Rodrigues has undergone three weeks of rehab on the Nationwide Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

Rodrigues’ inclusion is the one addition to the squad that misplaced 2-1 within the T20I collection towards England. Richa Ghosh, who impressed along with her lower-order hitting through the collection, retains her place because the frontline wicketkeeper.

That meant Taniya Bhatia, who was the primary selection wicketkeeper on the Commonwealth Video games and did not get a recreation within the T20Is towards England, has been consigned to the standby checklist together with medium-pacer Simran Bahadur. Laborious-hitting top-order bat Kiran Prabhu Navgire, who made her debut through the England collection, retains her place within the squad led by Harmanpreet Kaur.

Meghna Singh and Renuka Singh are the 2 frontline seamers, with allrounder Pooja Vastrakar being the third-seam choice. India’s spin shares, in the meantime, are considerably assorted. They’ve two left-arm spinners in Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Radha Yadav, whereas Sneh Rana and Deepti Sharma, each allrounders, providing right-arm selection.

The Girls’s Asia Cup is returning after a four-year hole. The seven-team event can be performed in a round-robin format, with every workforce enjoying six matches within the league section, earlier than the highest 4 advance to the semi-finals.

India start their marketing campaign on the opening day (October 1) towards Sri Lanka, earlier than taking over Malaysia and debutants UAE on October 3 and October 4 respectively. They may then play Pakistan and Bangladesh on October 7 and eight earlier than rounding off their league engagements towards Thailand on October 10.

All matches can be held in Sylhet, the place India final performed through the T20 World Cup in 2014. Bangladesh are the present defending champions, having overwhelmed India in a last-ball thriller in 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.

India squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Deepti Sharma, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, S Meghana, Richa Ghosh (wk), Sneh Rana, Dayalan Hemalatha, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Radha Yadav, Kiran Navgire. Standby gamers: Taniya Bhatia, Simran Bahadur

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