Before the Women’s T20 World Cup starting on February 21, India will be playing a tri-series along with host, Australia and the 2018 T20 World Cup finalist, England. The matches will be taking place in Canberra and Melbourne. The tournament will serve as the right platforms for teams who will be looking for the right combination and confidence leading into the World Cup.
India have lots of areas to be fixed through this tri-series, for example finding the right bowling combination, spinners getting used to the conditions, Jemimah getting more confidence while batting outside powerplay. Each team will have four matches in the group stage and this is crucial for India’s chances leading into the World Cup as they are placed in the group of death including New Zealand and Australia.
All the stats and numbers from the Indian team to look forward in the tri-series:
The number of matches Harmanpreet Kaur has lead the Indian T20 team. On January 31st, in the first match of the tri-series against England, she will become the first Indian woman captain to lead in 50 T20I matches and 8th overall in women’s international cricket.
Poonam Yadav needs 15 wickets to be the first Indian cricketer to complete 100 scalps in T20I cricket and she will become third women cricketer to achieve this milestone after Anisa Mohammed and Ellyse Perry.
Smriti Mandhana needs 49 runs to complete her 1500 runs in T20Is and she will become the third Indian women to achieve this milestone after Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur.
Deepti Sharma needs 8 wickets to complete 50 wickets in T20Is and she will become the fourth Indian women to achieve this milestone.
India has lost four consecutive matches in T20Is against England. Their last win was in 2018 in the final group game by 8 wickets with Smriti Mandhana scoring unbeaten 62 runs.
The last India women toured Australia for a T20 series and visitors won the series 2-1 with Jhulan Goswami won the man of the series award.