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ICC Women’s World Cup 2022: From Smriti Mandhana to Shefali Verma, know your Indian female stars – The Indian women’s team will be seen in action in the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup 2022. The team has quality players such as Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. It also has intrepid youngsters such as Shafali Verma and Richa Ghosh. Follow the Women’s World Cup 2022 on InsideSport.IN for more updates.

Mithali Raj is the captain of the team and is the top scorer in the women’s game in the ODI format. Goswami is the first wicket taker in the 50 plus format and is India’s go-to bowler. Here at InsideSport, we take a look at the players and their recent contributions ahead of the showpiece event.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2022: From Smriti Mandhana to Shafali Verma – Know your Indian heroines

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1: Mithali Raj (captain)

The leader of the ship and India’s best hitter, Mithali, will once again have to take most of the score if the team has a chance of lifting the trophy. The hitter is in sublime form as she scored 503 goals in 11 games in 2021. The right-hand hitter also notched an unbeaten 54 in the fifth ODI against New Zealand and secured a win for India.

In total, the 39-year-old scored 7,623 points at an average of 51.85 in the 225 games she played.

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2: Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain)

The versatile Harmanpreet Kaur returned to form in the last ODI against New Zealand. She scored her first fifty in over four years and looked deadly. Kaur continued this form against the warm-up match against South Africa and scored one hundred. Kaur is hungry for huge points in ICC events, as his 171 against Australia and 100 in the 2018 T20 World Cup are proof of that.

3: Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana won the 2021 ICC Cricketer of the Year award. The southpaw scored 855 in 21 games across all formats and cemented his reputation at the top. Mandhana has the second best strike rate for Indian batters and his chase record is phenomenal. This will be the second 50+ World Cup for the left-hander.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2022: From Smriti Mandhana to Shafali Verma – Know your Indian heroines

4: Shafali Verma

Indian fly-half Shafali Verma is one of the most destructive fly-half in the world. She made her ODI debut in 2021 and has looked fearless so far. The teenager’s strike rate of 76 is a huge boost for India. His ability to dominate bowlers on the power play is an X factor for India in this showpiece event.

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5: Deepti Sharma

The versatile Deepti Sharma is one of the key players for India in the ODI format. His finishing abilities and his economic bowling in the intermediates are a considerable asset. Sharma is quite flexible with the bat and can also hit higher in order. The southpaw played 69 ODIs and scored 1720 runs and also took 79 wickets.

6: Richa Ghosh (wicket keeper)

Wicketkeeper striker Richa Ghosh was a revelation in the ODI’s five-game series against New Zealand. She scored two fifty and was the team’s leading hitter. Like Shafali, Ghosh is an aggressive player and a fearless attacker of the ball. The right-handed hitter can also hit the ball. Ghosh is a player to watch during the World Cup.

7: Yastika Bhatia

Another youngster, Yastika Bhatia, seized her opportunities whenever she presented one. Bhatia made his ODI debut against Australia in 2021 and scored 103 goals in three games. His calm temperament and his striking game were praised by all. The southpaw also made fifty in a warm-up match against the West Indies.

8: Taniya Bhatia (wicketkeeper)

Taniya Bhatia is one of the best wicket keepers currently in the women’s game. His track record is flawless. She is superb behind the stumps for spinning and hardly misses a chance. Taniya is also a capable lower order batsman. She does, however, have limited opportunities with the bat in hand.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2022: From Smriti Mandhana to Shafali Verma – Know your Indian heroines

9: Sneh Rana

The versatile Sneh Rana has made his comeback after five years with the Indian team and has so far not disappointed. She scored 519 runs in 14 games at number six and picked up 13 wickets. Rana is a smart cricketer and utility player.

10: Jhulan Goswami

Goswami is India’s leader in the rhythm bowling department. His vast experience, coupled with handling pressure situations, is second to none. The right-arm pacer is also in fine form in the ODIs over the past year as she took 15 wickets at an impressive save rate of 3.77.

11: Pooja Vastrakar

Versatile Pooja Vastrakar is the other experienced point guard behind Goswami. Vastrakar is also very handy with the bat and is considered a finisher in the ODIs. Injuries have played a big part in the 23-year-old not playing enough for India. But now she’s worked on fitness and added some extra rhythm to her arsenal.

12: Meghana Singh

Pacing Meghana Singh is an option India can explore in the World Cup. She only played five ODIs and picked three wickets. Grounds in New Zealand might help him as they will offer seam and swing.

13: Renuka Singh Thakur

India’s latest pace bowling option Renuka Singh Thakur is also new to international cricket. Her consistent domestic performances prompted the managers to pick her in the squad.

14: Rajeshwari Gayakwad

Indian leader Gayakwad must take most of the responsibility in the middle of the innings. She is in good form and has taken 14 wickets in 11 ODIs in 2021. The off-spinner would like to keep the same business in the World Cup.

15: Poonam Yadav

Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav is India’s go-to bowler and a crucial player in the ODI format. His recent form isn’t great, but the leg spinners are game winners and an asset to captains in white ball formats.

ICC Women’s World Cup 2022: From Smriti Mandhana to Shafali Verma – Know your Indian heroines

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