Senior women’s T20 challenger trophy is going to commence from 4th January 2020 in Cuttack. Three teams will take part: Team A, B, and C. Harmanpreet Kaur will lead India A, Smriti Mandhana will captain India B and Veda Krishnamurthy will be the skipper for India C.
Here’s a quick player analysis of Team INDIA B
Smriti Mandhana (C)
She is a left-handed batswoman, In June 2018, BCCI named her as the Best Women’s International Cricketer. She made her debut in 2013. Her first breakthrough came in October 2013 when she became the first Indian woman to achieve a double-hundred in a one-day game. Mandhana was the only Indian player to be named in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year 2016.
Sushma Verma (WK)
She started her national-level career as a wicket-keeper and right hand batswoman in the India women’s national cricket team, She is the first cricketer from Himachal Pradesh, male or female, to represent India in international cricket. Owing to fewer opportunities in domestic, she started playing for Railways. She played along with Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Punam Raut.
R Kalpana (WK)
She started her national-level career as a wicket-keeper and right-hand batter. She was initially a part of the South Zone division for the Under 16 team. She was then selected for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team in 2015. It was then that she made her international debut in 2015 and played against the Kiwis.
She is an opening batswoman from Karnataka. In January 2014, she made her Women’s One Day International (WODI) and Women’s Twenty20 International cricket (WT20I) against Sri Lanka women.
She is an allrounder on the Mumbai women’s cricket team and is in the Under-17 Maharashtra hockey team. Rodrigues is the second woman after Smriti Mandhana to score a double century in a 50-over cricket match. In October 2018, she was named in India’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.
Anuja Patil is from Maharashtra who plays in Women’s Twenty20 Internationals (WT20Is) for India. She made her International T20 cricket debut, India Women Vs England Women in October 2018, she was named in India’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.
She made her debut in International cricket in 2013 in a Women’s Twenty20 International match against Bangladesh. She is also the only front-line bowler who has been in every T20 match for India in 2018. She became India’s highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals in September 2018 with 57 wickets from 39 T20Is.
She plays for Madhya Pradesh and Central Zone. She has played 4 First-class, 25 List A cricket and 17 Women’s Twenty20 matches. In October 2018, she was named in India’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies. However, she suffered an injury during a warm-up match and was later ruled out of the tournament.
She made her international Twenty20 (T20) debut in March 2014 while playing against Bangladesh. Pandey was part of the Indian team to reach the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs.
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.
She hails from Guntur, is a left-arm break bowler and bats left-handedly, and she was recognized as the best bowler when she played for south zone against north zone in ACA senior women inter zonal tournament 2018.
Odisha allrounder Sushree Dabyadarshini was selected to represent India A Women Team for Tour of Bangladesh and ACC Emerging Women Asia Cup. Dibya was also the captain of India Green for the U-23 Women’s One-Day Challenger Trophy, which was recently played in Ranchi from 20 to 24 April 2019.
Tanuja .P. Kanwar
Tanuja Kanwar, who belongs to the small town of Kuthar in Himachal Pradesh is a cricketer who mainly plays for Himachal Pradesh Women, Indian Board President’s Women XI. She started playing cricket for Himachal since 2013. Tanuja is just 21 years old, so there is a long road ahead for her. She is a left-arm medium-pacer, which is a rarity in the cricket circuit at the moment. The impact that creates with the bowl is the reason why she is an important member of the team.
She hails from Siliguri. She is a right-handed batswoman, she was recently awarded as the best batswomen in the contest between CAB XI A and CAB XI G, in CAB women’s T20 2018.
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