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Last Update on: February 23rd, 2023 at 01:32 pm

India is concerned about the availability of skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and pacer Pooja Vastrakar before their T20 World Cup semifinal match against Australia in Cape Town scheduled on Thursday.

It is believed that both players are unwell and were admitted to a nearby hospital on the day before the game before being released that evening. Due to India’s continued optimism that the pair would be match-ready, a decision about their availability is only anticipated around Thursday afternoon (SA local time).

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Smriti Mandhana To Lead India If Harmanpreet Kaur Fails To Recover

India’s hopes on Thursday will be severely hurt if both players are ruled out because left-arm spinner Radha Yadav also has fitness worries. Smriti Mandhana will lead the team against Australia, which is going for its third straight T20 World Cup victory, if Harmanpreet Kaur doesn’t recover. India entered the game as the underdog, and now that two of its great players are unwell, it would be even harder for them to win.

Harleen Deol will take Harmanpreet Kaur’s position if she is deemed unable to compete. With only 66 runs scored in four games, the Indian skipper hasn’t had a great campaign thus far. She is known for bringing her “A” game, though, in crucial games, and India will need that against a potent Australian squad.

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Vastrakar, along with Renuka Singh, is crucial potential with the new ball despite having only taken two wickets in the competition thus far. India has three pacers and three spinners in the field, but if Vastrakar and Radha are unavailable, they will have to switch up their bowling lineups as well.

While Devika Vaidya will be given, India may also need to incorporate left-arm medium pacer Anjali Sarvani and may also include Yastika Bhatia if they want to improve their batting.

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