It’s bigger and it’s better this year. Except for the fact that there is no Australian players, The Women T20 challenge is a step forward to something huge which might come our way in years.
May be, I might share this post as a beautiful throwback or 10 year challenge when the Women IPL becomes reality.
Let me get into the first match straight away. A rematch for the last year’s contest, Supernovas will take on Trailblazers in the first match of the Women T20 challenge.
Led by the Indian team T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur, Supernovas comprises of some of the good players around the world.
To start with the captain herself, Harmanpreet Kaur.
We definitely need no introduction for her power-hitting ability. With almost 2000 runs in the international T20, Harmanpreet Kaur gave India a fine start in the World Cup T20 as well with a beautiful hundred. No doubts, her batting, bowling and the fielding skills is going to dominate her opponents.
Next up is White Ferns’ all-rounder Sophie Devine.
Remember 178* in the World Cup against Australia in 2017?
Attapaththu’s best thing as always been rising to the occasion. She can bat, adapt to the situation whereas she can roll her arms to provide a breakthrough.
Undoubtedly the weapon for Kaur. India’s T20 specialist has a strike rate above 100 and can smash quick runs. With an economy rate below six in the T20Is, We can expect an all-rounder brilliance from Anuja Patil.
Despite being very young, Jemimah has always produced jaw dropping performances with her bat. That matured fifty against the visitors Australia in 2018 showed her maturity when it comes to batting. Though she failed in the international matches recently, she did extraordinarily well with U23 one-day league where she scored fifty+ score in 9 out of 10 matches.
One of the best all-rounders in the world and has a strike rate above 110 and an economy of 6.5 in T20I. In her last T20I series against Sri Lanka, she stood unbeaten in all the three innings. Something she always loves to do; finishes the match for your team. Also, watch out for the Nat Meg, Its a treat.
She has one of best economy rates in the ODIs and is super quick. The early swing she gets while opening the bowling is something to watch out for.
She is the best bowler in the world for a long time now and for India she has been the leading wicket-taker in the shortest format. Her ability to flight the ball and make the batter go through with the stroke fetches her a lot of wickets. She is considerably slow but super effective.
When it’s T20, you cannot ignore Tahuhu. An economy that is just below six tells you how effective she is. Her experience will come into play here. In case you forgot, she produced an unplayable delivery to Meg Lanning in the BBL a few years back.
Another potential youngster who made it to the international team, thanks to her great run in the domestic seasons. She is a tricky bowler and is definitely one of the toughest to score against. Most importantly, she is a wicket-taker.
Priya Punia is yet another prodigy. Though she is yet to make it big in the international circuit, she can be very dangerous once she gets going.
She was the first replacement we saw in the place of retired Jhulan Goswami in the international team. She is super quick and this sure will be a learning phase for her.
She can score quick runs and is very quick behind the stumps. Though she has played only a few matches for the Indian team, she has already made her mark with her stumpings. Something to watch out for.
Well, a few of the players out there don’t need any introduction. Suzie Bates, one of the top performers all
Jasia Akhtar, the first woman cricketer from J&K to make it this big, can hit the ball a long way. Thanks to the pep talk she had with Harmanpreet Kaur during her failures in the domestic circuit, she is all set to make a mark here.
Harleen Deol, though couldn’t make a mark in the Indian team, she has come a long way and will be crucial in this team as well. Most importantly, she can pick vital wickets.
Sophie Ecclestone, who finally turned 20, is yet another youngster who has been around for three years now and has already become the vital force of the England team. She will be crucial here as well.
Bharati Fulmali, who made heads turn with her performance with Vibardha, failed to make a name for herself in the international team. She is young, she will surely be looking forward for this tournament.
Yes, I have mentioned all the players. Yes, they are all super good. Unfortunately, we don’t find time to watch them play. This is their day and they will surely entertain us. Watch out for them.
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