India Women vs Australia Women: India Women’s team Head Coach Ramesh Powar has confirmed that Harmapreet Kaur will not be available for the first ODI against Australia due to a thumb injury.
India women will lock horns with Australian women in three ODIs, a one-off day-night Test, and three T20Is, starting with the first ODI commencing on September 21.
At a virtual Press Conference on Monday, India Women’s team Captain Mithali Raj stated that Harmanpreet Kaur has returned back early from the Hundred tournament after encountering an injury & since then she hasn’t been able to take the field.
India women’s coach Powar then shed light on the status of Kaur’s injury, “Harmanpreet Kaur was deemed fit and hence she was selected for this tour, but unfortunately some days back she got a hit on the thumb so she is not available for the first ODI. The next ODI, we will take a call according to her pain and fitness management. Shikha Pandey is fit and fine, she is available for selection,” he said at the press conference.
Harmanpreet Kaur had suffered a series of injuries this year, first, she missed the South Africa series in March due to a hip-flexor injury. then she returned back early from the inaugural edition of the Hundred Tournament after suffering a quadricep injury where she represented Manchester Originals.
Harmanpreet also missed India’s warm-up match on Saturday which the India Women’s team lost by 20 runs. Though she had featured in the team’s net sessions. However, now the management wants her to return back to the field after recovering fully from the injury.
Earlier, Harmanpreet Kaur was questioned about her batting position in the ODI series to which she responded that she is open to bat at any number according to the team’s needs.
“I think I am quite flexible with my batting order, whether it’s number three or four. It all depends on the composition of the team, if we have a good middle-order, then I put my role up which is number three. If there is inexperience in the middle-order then I push myself at number four. It all depends on the composition and now with Harmanpreet out for the first ODI, I have to think about my order,” Raj said.
Speaking about Opener Shafali Verma’s role & contribution to the team’s success. Head Coach Ramesh Powar said that Shafali Verma is confident & growing well in her role. He further highlighted that the team management will not curb her freedom.
“As far as Shafali is concerned, I think the way she played the Test game, we were happy,” he said. “As a 17-year-old, we have to give her a little breathing space. Me, Mithali, and SS Das have had conversations with her”.
“She knows what is expected out of her, we do not push her who is very expressive in her batting,” he added. “We do not want to curtail her game, we want to give her freedom. She has played The Hundred so she has some confidence from that, it is important for us to let her express, she is just 17, we cannot forget that”, Ramesh Powar added.
India Women vs Australia Women: Full Squads
India Women’s squad for one-off Test & ODI series: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Ekta Bisht.
India Women’s T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Shikha Pandey, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Harleen Deol, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Renuka Singh Thakur.
Australia Squad: Meg Lanning, Rachael Haynes, Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healey, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
|Sep 19, Sun||1st ODI||North Sydney Oval, Sydney|
|Sep 22, Wed||2nd ODI||Junction Oval, Melbourne|
|Sep 24, Fri||3rd ODI||Junction Oval, Melbourne|
|Sep 30, Thu – Oct 03, Sun||One-Off Test||W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth|
|Oct 07, Thu||1st T20I||North Sydney Oval, Sydney|
|Oct 09, Sat||2nd T20I||North Sydney Oval, Sydney|
|Oct 11, Mon||3rd T20I||North Sydney Oval, Sydney|
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