England’s Women Team to Face India for Limited-Overs Series

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England Women’s Cricket team is set to tour India in February – March for three One Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals. England will be touring India for the second time in less than a year.

The One Day Internationals will be played in Mumbai on February 22, 25 and 28 while the T20Is will be held in Guwahati from March 9.

 

England is the current World Champions. They last toured India in March 2018. India has won the series, 2-1.

Points earned from the ODIs will be added to the ICC Women’s Championship in the second cycle.

The last match that India played against England was the controversial semifinal game in the World Cup 2018 held in West Indies wherein India’s Test captain Mithali Raj was dropped from the team and India lost the game. Later, the spat between Raj and coach Romesh Powar became public which led to a change in the team coach.

India has played a total of 14 T20Is against England from 2006 to 2018. England has won 11 of those while India has won a mere 3 games.

Currently, India is on a tour of New Zealand. India is set to play 3 ODI’s and 3 T20Is. The first ODI is on 24th January at Napier, 2nd on 29th and 3rd on 1st February. The 3 T20Is are to be played on 6th, 8th and 10th February 2019. Mithali Raj leads the ODI side while Harmanpreet Kaur is leading the T20 side and Smriti Mandhana is her deputy. WV Raman is the new Indian coach.

Predictions

All eyes will be on Mithali Raj as the veteran cricketer has a lot to prove. She needs 3 more matches to complete a record of 200 ODI’s. Talking about the controversy, she said, “It’s a fresh start. Coming into the new year, this is our first series. Yes, we’ve moved on from that (the controversy). Right now, the focus is on the New Zealand series because we understand the importance of the points system; how important it is for us to gain points to get an entry into the 2021 T20 World Cup. We know where we stand right now in the table, so this series is very crucial in that perspective.”

She also added that she is ready to play with and under T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur. “We did meet up after what happened and I think both of us have moved on. I guess too much emphasis is given to that controversy, it was last year and all of us should look forward to 2019.”

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Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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