Shweta Sehrawat to lead India A in upcoming Emerging Asia Cup 2023

The girls from the Indian sub-continent are all set for the much-awaited Emerging Women’s Asia Cup that is to be played out in Hong Kong from June 12th to the 21st. For the competition, the All-India Women’s Selection Committee announced the India ‘A’ (Emerging) squad. The Hong Kong-bound girls will be under the supervision of coach Nooshin Al Khadeer who led the U19 team to triumph in the inaugural U19 WT20.

Shweta Sehrawat. PC: Getty Images
Shweta Sehrawat. PC: Getty Images

India ‘A’ squad for Emerging Asia Cup:

Shweta Sehrawat (C), Soumya Tiwari (VC), Trisha Gongadi, Muskan Malik, Shreyanka Patil, Kanika Ahuja, Uma Chetry (WK), Mamatha Madiwala (WK), Titas Sadhu, Yashasri S, Kashvee Gautam, Parshavi Chopra, Mannat Kashyap, B Anusha

India’s campaign kicks off on the 13th where they face hosts Hong Kong at the Tin Kwong Road Recreation Ground. And finish their round-robin phase after playing against Thailand ‘A’ and Pakistan ‘A’ in the group stage on the 15th and 17th of June respectively. The dynamics of the tournament are such that the top two teams of groups A and B make it onto the semi-final stage.

Senior team members, Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh have not been included in the squad as the competition levels in this Asia Cup are anticipated to be much lesser than the World Cup, they took part in earlier this year. However, there will be a keen lookout for U19 World Cup-winning stars Shweta Sehrawat, Soumya Tiwari, spinner Parvashi Chopra and medium pacer Titas Sadhu. They have had the opportunity of showcasing their play on the big stage which they’ll look to carry forward as a positive. A few of these girls have also played in the WPL, which is a big plus point as they wait in eager anticipation for the Asia Cup to kick off.

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19-year-old Sehrawat was India’s run machine at the U19 World Cup, her scores of 92*(57) vs SA, 74*(49) vs UAE and 61*(45) vs NZ ensured India’s comprehensive victories in the tournament. Madhya Pradesh’s Tiwari made valuable contributions to India’s successful world cup campaign. She was Shafali Verma’s deputy and stood up in clutch situations during the knockouts. Leg spinner Chopra and pacer Titas Sadhu will look to master their bowling areas and stick to the hard-line and lengths in the upcoming competition.

The Women in Blue, also have an undisputed star from Assam in the form of Uma Chetry as a wicketkeeper. Hailing from the Bokakhat district in Assam, she will be eager to make an impact with her batting prowess and scoring abilities. The other new entrants include Bangalore’s daughter Shreyanka Patil, Kanika Ahuja, Mamatha Madiwala, Kashvee Gautam, and B Anusha.

As India head into this tournament with a mix of raw talent and experience, they’ll look to obtain positive results. This competition will aid in expanding the girl’s experience on the huge global stage, coach Khadeer will be optimistic about the team putting forth an exemplary display with bat and ball.

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