India has announced its women ‘A’ squad which will tour Australia. The board has named 15 players who will be playing limited-overs matches against the ‘A’ team of Australia. Both the ‘A’ teams will play 3 fifty over matches and 3 T20s against each other.
The India ‘A’ squad captained by Veda Krishnamurthy has some experienced players such as Anuja Patil, Sushma Verma, Mansi Joshi, etc., who have already played for India. On the other hand, the squad also has some relatively new faces, players who are yet to play for the country. Here we list 5 such uncapped players to look out for in the India ‘A’ squad touring Australia –
Yastika Bhatia is a batter from Baroda. The 19-year old southpaw has already featured in India ‘A’ team earlier. She was part of the India ‘A’ team which had won the Emerging Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. She also had a successful Bangladesh tour with the ‘A’ team which was captained by Devika Vaidya. She had a significant contribution in Baroda’s campaign as they advanced to the semifinals of the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy this year.
Tanusree Sarkar was also a part of the India ‘A’ side that toured Bangladesh. She is a right-arm bowler and is handy with the bat as well. She plays for Bengal and the East zone in domestic competitions. She also represented India in the Emerging Asia Cup. In the final match of the tournament, Tanusree had come to the rescue when India had lost 6 wickets. She had made 47 runs in the match, the highest form India’s side. India won the match over Sri Lanka and clinched the title.
Renuka Singh has been drafted into the India ‘A’ side as a fast bowler. She hails from Himachal Pradesh. She has trained in HPCA Cricket Academy. She has represented Himachal Pradesh Women in many domestic tournaments. She was also a part of Board President Women’s XI which played against England Women when they had toured India in February this year.
Manali Dakshini is an all-rounder from Maharashtra. She plays for Mumbai and West Zone. She was one of the top performers in the Challenger Trophy held earlier this year. She was also a significant contributor in India ‘A’ team’s successful Bangladesh tour and Emerging Asia Cup campaign. Dakshini has already represented the under 16, under 23 and senior teams of Mumbai. She also played a practice match against England Women representing Board President Women’s XI.
Tanuja Kanwar is a domestic cricketer who hails from Himachal Pradesh. She had taken 4 wickets in the final match of the Emerging Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, helping India to achieve victory. As part of Board President Women’s XI, she has played against international women teams such as South Africa and England. She was the highest wicket-taker for Himachal between 2017-18 in the senior T20 match series.
The complete India ‘A’ squad:
Veda Krishnamurthy (c)
Anuja Patil (vc)
Sushma Verma (wk)
Nuzhat Parween (wk)