Calcutta: India kickstart their campaign at the Women’s World T20 with a tough game against Australia, the defending champion. While India would be hoping that subcontinent conditions favour them, the batting unit will need to fire in unison if they are to challenge the top teams.
Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur, who are ranked No. 3 and No. 6 in the ICC Women’s T20 rankings, will spearhead India’s batting line-up, but it is the lack of runs from the others that is worrying Raj.
“Definitely the batting has been a concern,” she said. “Harmanpreet Kaur and I have been in good form, but the other batters need to get into their groove. We are bound to fail at some stage, and then it will have to be someone else who will have to take the responsibility.”
While the batting has been a problem area, the bowling pretty much picks itself with Jhulan Goswami expected to spearhead the attack. To complement her in the pace department will be Niranjana Nagarajan, the medium pacer, who performed well in the recently concluded tour of England.