Women's IPL experience will help the team against South Africa: Taniya Bhatia

CHANDIGARH: While the Indian women's team prepares to play their first game under the lights in the five-game T20I series against South Africa in Surat, wicketkeeper-batswoman Taniya Bhatia He said that the experience of playing in women's IPL will keep them in a good position.

The Indian women's team will begin the limited series against Protea women with the five T20I in Surat starting September 24, followed by three one-day internationals in Vadodara starting October 9. While the T20I will be played under the lights, the ODI will be business

Chandigarh's girl, Taniya, the only seller of the two squads, acknowledged that they are excited to play under the lights.

Yes, since a couple of months have passed since we played international cricket, the level of emotion is high. Higher also because this time we can play under the lights, Taniya told TOI.

We had some IPL games under the lights, so I have a fair idea. It is an exciting time to play women's cricket in India, fans have begun to recognize cricketers, the 21-year-old added.

On Thursday, the selectors met at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai to choose the squadrons, which witnessed the inclusion of a couple of new faces, especially in the shortest format. Veteran Mithali Raj The withdrawal of the T20 format paved the way for the induction of young people as the 15-year-old rookie Shafali Verma.

It's great to see her on the team ... she's an amazing talent. I am sure that the fans glimpsed her during the female IPL in Jaipur. It's a great perspective for the future of Indian female cricket, Taniya said.

Shafali was chosen after her good performance in the women's T20 challenge before and at the age group level this year. The tiny Haryana-girl played with Mithali for Team Velocity in the women's T20 challenge that took place during the IPL earlier this year.

However, Mithali will continue to lead the team in the three-game ODI series, which will follow the five T20 Internationals, where Harmanpreet Kaur will be the captain. Smriti Mandhana will be the deputy of Harmanpreet in the T20.

Mithali decided to leave T20 Internationals after a race that covered 89 games in which he scored 2364 races and 17 half centuries. She led India in 32 T20Is.

The selection committee meeting held at BCCI headquarters on Thursday was attended by Mithali, while T20I captain Harmanpreet and coach WV Raman connected by teleconference.

The Indian team will hold a preparatory camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore starting September 12.

Squad of Indian women ODI: Mithali Raj (Captain), Jemimah Rodrigues Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Deepti Sharma , Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Mansi Joshi, Ekta Bisht , Poonam Yadav, D Hemalatha, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Priya Punia.

Squad of Indian women for the first 3 T20I: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Arundhati Reddy, Pooja Vastrakar, Radha Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Harlejauoly, Harlejau Derth Patil, Shafali Verma, Mansi Joshi.

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