India, continuing on its winning streak in the last 5 series, of which it won 4, and particularly winning 17 out of last 18 ODIs, is all set to play England in its world cup opener.
The omens are looking good because of India’s successful journey to the world cup and the emergence of new players to be potentially capable of turning the game. Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut had last month put up a massive 320 runs world record partnership against Ireland. And Shikha Pandey’s wicket taking abilities that won most of the matches in last 20 games.
Mithali Raj, captain of the Indian team, is concentrating more on reaching the top four and taking one challenge at a time. “Our first step would be to get into the semis”, said Mithali Raj.
“We want to win the World Cup because it would be a revolution kind of a thing for Indian women’s cricket,” Raj said at a press conference prior to leaving for England. “It would give a big impetus for young girls to take up the sport.”
Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma and Poonam Yadav Coach: Tushar Arothe
India will depend on skipper Mithali Raj, the second highest run scorer in ODIs and who has appeared in five World cups. She has an average of about 60 and a highest of 103 vs Pakistan in the world cup.
In the bowling department, Indians will depend on Jhulan Goswami, who is playing in her fifth world cup and also the highest wicket taker in the world. She will be supported by Ekta Bisht, who is currently ranked 6th in ICC rankings.
Deepti Sharma played really well in the last series with South Africa. Indian women played well in the warm match against Sri Lanka and won the match by 109 runs.
India has to face all the remaining contenders and have to remain in top four to qualify for semis, the seven time semifinalists this time aim to reach final and win the cup.