New Delhi: The eighth edition of the Women’s Asia Cup and the fourth edition in T20I format is a couple of days away with defending champion Bangladesh looking to retain the crown. Bangladesh broke India’s 6-year dominance by beating the Blues and lifting the Asia Cup trophy back in 2018.
The tournament is set to begin on October 1 with seven teams battling for the title. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, UAE, Malaysia, and Thailand, will participate in the tournament in a total of 24 matches, with the final match to be played on October 15. All matches will be played at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium and Sylhet Outer Cricket Stadium.
Here are the top Indian players to watch at the Women’s Asia Cup 2022:
Harmanpreet Kaur is one of the best player in Indian women’s cricket team and has already made a big impact. She made her debut in 2009 and has played over 200 matches for the national team. Kaur is an explosive batsman who is capable of hitting huge sixes. She is also a useful bowler, and her all-round ability has made her an important member of the team. Kaur currently captains the Indian women’s team in all formats.
2. Smriti Mandhana
Smriti Mandhana made her debut for the Indian national team in 2013 and has since played a vital role in the team’s successes. A left-handed batsman is known for her aggressive batting style and ability to score runs quickly. She has represented India in both Test and One Day International (ODI) cricket and was a member of the Indian team that participated in the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup.
In 2014, she was named the Best Woman Cricketer of the Year by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Mandhana has been praised by many, including former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, who described her as a “natural talent”.
3. Deepti Sharma
Deepti Sharma is one of the best all-rounders on the Indian cricket team. She made her debut in 2014 and since, has many records in her bag like the Highest partnership for the 1st wicket having a combined score of 320. Sharma has recently been in the news after a controversial run-out, but this only shows the great game sense the 25-year-old has.
4. Shefali Verma
Shafali Verma has built a reputation as one of the most dangerous players in the game right now. Verma became the youngest player to represent India when she made her international debut in 2019 aged just 15. Known as a ‘generational talent’, the expectations are sky-high from Verma.
Her achievements already include becoming the No.1 ranked T20I batter in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings, at the age of 16.
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5. Richa Ghosh
Richa Ghosh, the keeper-batter from Siliguri, is preparing to develop herself as a “finisher” in the women’s cricket squad of India.
“I have been working hard to further develop my wicket-keeping skills and simultaneously trying to improve my batting performance. The idea is to develop myself as a ‘finisher’ so that the team can bank on me so that I can chase the opponent’s score and finish the game in our favour. The team management also expects me to perform in such a manner,” she said in an interview
During the recent three-match series in England, the Siliguri girl managed to do only three stumping. But in the last match of the series at Bristol, she had scored 33 runs in 22 balls, which was considered the highest by any tail-ender in any women’s international match. “I was not aware of the record, but once I returned to India only came to know,” she added.