India have announced a 15-member squad under the captaincy of Mithali Raj. Harmanpreet Kaur selected as Vice Captain.
The 15-member Indian women’s cricket team for the ICC ODI World Cup has been announced. Mithali Raj will be the captain while Harmanpreet Kaur will be the vice captain. Smriti Mandhana, Jhulan Goswami and young Shefali Verma are also in the squad. But many key players could not find a place on the team. Among them are star batsmen Jemima Rodriguez and all-rounder Shikha Pandey. Apart from these there are also some names that are far from the team. But what is the reason for her not getting a place in the women’s World Cup squad?
It’s very surprising that Jemima Rodriguez did not get a place in the team. England and Australia have scored a lot in the T20 leagues over the past year. Jemima scored 249 runs in seven matches at the Hundred-Ball Tournament The Hundred with an average of 41.50 and a strike rate of 150.90. Ranked second in scoring in the entire tournament. Meanwhile, in the Women’s Big Bash League, she scored 333 runs in 13 games at an average of 27.75. However, Jemima failed to score twice in a single ODI last year. Due to this she was not selected for the World Cup. However the current form was ignored. Jemima has so far scored 394 runs in 21 ODIs at an average of 19.70.
All-rounder Shikha Pandey was left out of the squad due to poor form. Played three ODIs in 2021 and scored only five runs. Also she got only two wickets in her account. Shikha Pandey is one of the most experienced players in India. Along with Jhulan Goswami, she is in charge of the Bharat Bowling Attack. He took 512 runs and took 75 wickets in 55 ODIs at an average of 20.48. She has been an integral part of the Indian team for the past few years.
Poonam Routh is known as one of India’s most experienced batsmen. She is known as one of the players who has consistently scored in the last year. In 2021, Poonam scored 295 runs in six ODIs at an average of 73.75. This time she got a century and two half-centuries from the bat. But, it is understood that the selectors chose other batsmen due to her slow batting. At home against South Africa, England scored on the tour. Poonam, however, could not maintain her strike rate as fast as the opener scored. With this, India could not go beyond the average score. Poonam has so far scored 2299 runs in 73 ODIs at an average of 34.83. She has three centuries and 15 half centuries to her name.
Apart from them, players like Sushma Verma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Mansi Joshi and Nujat Parveen also did not get a place. Vedic ODIs have not been played since 2018. She was also away from cricket last year. During this time she had to face a very bad step in front of her family. Vedic mother, died with sister Corona. At the same time Mona and Sushma were also unimpressed with their game. Youngster Nujat Parveen also failed to impress.