The Indian women’s cricket team open their ICC World Cup campaign today against England at Derby. India will be playing the tournament under the much-experienced Mithali Raj, who recently became the third player to lead her team in 100 ODIs.
While there would be plenty of responsibilities on Mithali as far as the team’s batting is concerned, Jhulan Goswami, the highest wicket-taker in ODI history, will be hoping to inspire the bowling attack.
Mithali Raj has played four World Cups. Jhulan Goswami has played three. In days, they will both begin what is likely to be their last.
As far as their recent form is concerned, India won their last four ODI series, first whitewashing Sri Lanka and the West Indies at home and then beating South Africa in the finals of qualifier as well as the quadrangular series.
Two-time champions England will be one of the most difficult challenges for India. That England have won the title both times they have hosted the World Cup, should work in their favour.
In the other match of the day, New Zealand face Sri Lanka in Bristol.
Match starts at 3 PM IST.
India: Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy, Mona Meshram, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Ekta Bisht, Sushma Verma, Mansi Joshi, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Nuzhat Parween.
England: Heather Knight (C), Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Sarah Taylor, Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Anya Shrubsole, Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson, Danielle Wyatt, Lauren Winfield.