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Mandhana set to captain India for the first time in England T20Is

India Women news

Smriti Mandhana is set to captain India for the first time in India's upcoming T20I series against England as a result of Harmanpreet Kaur's injury-induced absence.

Kaur, the regular T20I captain for India, has been ruled out of the series with an ankle injury and will be temporarily replaced in the role by the 22-year old Mandhana.

Elsewhere, experienced middle-order batter Veda Krishnamurthy has been named in the 15-person squad after missing India's recent series against New Zealand.

Veda Krishnamurthy makes a return to the India squad
Veda Krishnamurthy makes a return to the India squad

Bharati Fulmali and Komal Zanzad, who are both uncapped, are included in the squad and are in contention to debut in the three match series that commences on Monday, 4th March. Zanzad's inclusion comes after her impressive performance against England in a tour match where she took 3/14 from her seven overs and dismissed a trio of England stars in Tammy Beaumont, Nat Sciver and Sarah Taylor. 

India Women’s squad: Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia, Bharti Fulmali, Anuja Patil, Shikha Pandey, Komal Zanzad, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Veda Krishnamurty, Harleen Deol