Jemimah Rodrigues Included in the India Squad for South Africa series

Jemimah Rodrigues, the outstanding Mumbai batter have been drafted in the 16-man squad for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa. The three ODIs will be part of the ICC Women’s Championship and will be played on February 5, 7 and 10.

India are scheduled to play three ODIs and five T20Is on their tour to South Africa.

Experience batter Mithali Raj will continue to lead the side, while all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur will work as her deputy. Wicket-keeper Taniya Bhatia will replace Nuzhat Parween, who was a part of the 2017 Women’s World Cup. Sushma Verma continues to be the first choice as the wicket-keeper for the team.

The 17-year-old Rodrigues grabbed everybody’s attention scoring 202 in the Inter-State women’s Under-19 one-day tournament for Mumbai against Saurashtra. She became the second cricketer to register a double hundred in the U-19 fixture after Smriti Mandhana.

Mithali Raj
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All-rounder from Madhya Pradesh, Pooja Vastrakar was also included in the squad after Mansi Joshi failed to recover from a knee injury.

India will kickstart their tour on February 2 with a warm-up match in Bloemfontein before playing the first two ODIs in Kimberley. The last match of the series is scheduled to be played at Potchefstroom. The limited-overs series will be followed by the two teams playing a five-match Twenty20 International series.

Squad: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur, Sushma Verma (wk), Ekta Bisht, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav, Punam Raut, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jemimah Rodrigues, Jhulan Goswami, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Mona Meshram, Pooja Vastrakar, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia.

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