The Indian Women’s team is dealt with a massive blow as vice-captain Smriti Mandhana is likely to miss the opening game against Pakistan after suffering an injury. This development was reported by PTI which stated that the top-order batter injured her left middle finger while fielding during the warm-up match against Australia on Monday.
Mandhana was batting at the number three position against Australia in the practice game and lasted only three balls. The 26-year-old subsequently missed India’s second warm-up game against Bangladesh on Wednesday which the Women in Blue won by 52 runs.
In the report by PTI, an ICC source was quoted confirming how the left-hander got injured in the warm-up game. The source didn’t specify the extent of the injury but stated how she could be out for the opener.
Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur could also be out for the game as she injured her shoulder during the final of the Tri-Series against South Africa last week. Kaur didn’t feature in both the warmup games. “Body is fine. It will get better with rest,” Kaur had said after the Tri-series final.
The Indian team is placed in Group B and will kick off their World Cup campaign on February 12 against arch-rivals Pakistan. They will then take on West Indies on February 15, England on February 18, and Ireland on February 20.
India squad for Women’s T20 Cup:
Harmanpreet Kaur (c), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Richa Ghosh, Jemimah Rodrigues, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Devika Vaidya, Radha Yadav, Renuka Thakur, Anjali Sarvani, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shikha Pandey.
Reserves: Sabbhineni Meghana, Sneh Rana, Meghna Singh.