The Indian women’s cricket team is going to take the field for the first time since the World Cup 2022. The team is currently on a tour of Sri Lanka, where they have to play a three-match T20 series from Thursday (June 23). The Indian team is going to take the field without star player Mithali for the first time. Mithali has recently said goodbye to her cricket career of 23 years. In Mithali’s absence, now Harmanpreet Kaur will take over the captaincy of the team in white ball cricket. Harmanpreet Kaur has been captaining the T20 team for the last three years.
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On the Sri Lanka tour, the Indian women’s team will play an ODI series of equal number of matches after the three-match T20 series. In this series, Harmanpreet will have a chance to create history. She is now going to break Mithali Raj’s record to become the highest run-scorer Indian female cricketer in T20 International cricket. Harmanpreet is now just 46 runs behind from breaking Mithali’s record. Harmanpreet has 2319 runs in 121 T20 Internationals, while Mithali has 2364 runs in 89 T20 Internationals. Mithali had retired from this short format in 2019.
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Apart from Harmanpreet, Smriti Mandhana also has a chance to achieve a special achievement in this series. Mandhana is just 29 runs away from completing her 2000 runs in T20 International cricket. He has scored 1971 runs in 84 matches so far. If Mandhana scores 29 more runs, she will become the fifth Indian batsman (men and women) to touch the 2000 mark in T20Is. Before Mandhana, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur have completed their 2000 runs in T20 International cricket. Mandhana now has a chance to join this special club.
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The Indian women’s cricket team’s tour of Sri Lanka will run from 23 June to 7 July. The first match will be played in Dambulla on 23rd June, which will be a T20 International match. The second match of the same series will be held on June 25 and the third match will be held on June 27 at the same ground. At the same time, the ODI series will be played in Kandy, whose first match will be held on July 1, the second match will be held on July 4 and the third match will be held on July 7.
India women’s T20 squad for Sri Lanka tour: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (Vice-Captain), Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (WK), S Meghna, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Simran Bahadur, Richa Ghosh (WK), Pooja Vastkar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh , Jemima Rodrigues and Radha Yadav.
India women’s ODI squad for Sri Lanka tour: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (Vice-Captain), Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia (WK), S Meghna, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Simran Bahadur, Richa Ghosh (WK), Pooja Vastkar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh , Tania Bhatia (wk) and Harleen Deol.