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After an impressive run in the World Cup final in England last year, India women’s team is heading to Caribbean islands in a quest to bring the ICC World T20I trophy for the first time. Since the World Cup in 2017, many things have changed back home. Mainly, they have got recognition and their veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami has taken retirement from T20Is. Since its inception, the Indian women’s team has failed to manage to win an ICC trophy, losing to host England last year in the World Cup final. However, now the team is back as a strong unit and with high confidence.

The ICC World T20I will start from November 9 and Australia is leading with total 3 trophies in last 10 years. The Indian team will be led by power-hitting batter Harmanpreet Kaur, who became talk of the town with her impressive innings in the World Cup against Australia. However, their road to glory won’t be easy. Earlier in June, India lost to Bangladesh twice and had a disappointing result against Australia and England in the Tri-series, both are very strong teams.

Coming to this tournament, India will be missing some of their big names like Shikha Pandey, who was once considered as Jhulan Goswami’s successor. Goswami also announced retirement from T20Is just few months back. In such situation, selectors named young Pooja Vastrakar and Arundhati Reddy in the squad. India have a strong batting line-up consisting of captain Harmanpreet Kaur, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy. Taking about Mandhana and Mithali Raj, the two have been providing excellent starts to India with the bat, which might be a key for the side during the T20Is. Raj’s experience and Mandhana’s attacking play complement each other. The spotlight will be on young Mumbaikar, Jemimah Rodrigues, who will be playing her first ICC tournament.

For the World T20, India will face a tough task as they are placed in a group with Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand. New Zealand and Australia have enough power required for T20s and would be looking to continue fine-tuning their performance.

We wish all the luck to the Women’s team and hope that they bring the coveted trophy home for the first time.

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