All-rounder, Sune Luus will continue to lead South Africa Women’s team in the forthcoming white-ball matches against India Women as a skipper, as Dane van Niekerk remains on the sideline owing to an injury that forced her out of the recent games against Pakistan.
The tour comprises 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is to be played at the Shree Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana International Stadium in Lucknow from 7th March to 23rd March.
Sune Luus led the side in the home games against Pakistan leading them to victories – 3-0 in the ODI series and 2-1 in the T20Is. Along with van Niekerk, all-rounder Chloe Tryon also missed the Pakistan series due to injury. Another player, medium-pacer Masabata Klaas, has been ruled out of the India tour due to an eleventh-hour injury; the rest of the squad remains the same from the previous series.
Both the teams are currently serving their mandatory quarantine periods. All the players and officials will undergo two rounds of covid-19 testing before being allowed to train, provided they clear the tests.
“It is really exciting to finally have this tour confirmed and announce our squad that will do duty here in India, and we are looking forward to getting out there to see our ladies prove themselves under different playing conditions,” head coach Hilton Moreeng said in a statement.
India Women make drop some big names from the squad
While the visitors are keeping a similar outfit from their previous series, on the other hand, Team India has dropped a few big names from their last international assignment: the T20 World Cup in Australia – yes, the women’s team will take the field after an entire year!
Senior players Shikha Pandey, Taniya Bhatia, Veda Krishnamurthy, Ekta Bisht, and Anuja Patil have been dropped despite most of them performing well in the T20 World Cup last year. Mithali Raj will continue to lead the ODI side, so will Harmanpreet Kaur in the T20I team.
Opener Smriti Mandhana is named as the deputy to Kaur in the T20 side and her opening partner, the 17-year-old sensation who took the T20I World Cup by storm – 163 runs at a strike rate of 158.25 – Shafali Verma, will be the player to watch out for in 3 T20Is.
South Africa squad: Sune Luus (capt), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunnicliffe, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune
India Women’s squad for ODI series: Mithali Raj (Capt), Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Yastika Bhatia, Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), D Hemalatha, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Swetha Verma (wicket-keeper), Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Poonam Yadav, C Prathyusha, Monica Patel
India Women’s T20I squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Capt), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Nuzhat Parveen (wicket-keeper), Ayushi Soni, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Mansi Joshi, Monica Patel, C. Prathyusha, Simran Bahadur