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India Women v England Women 2023/24

Marks out of 10: Player ratings for India women after their T20I series defeat to England

Saika Ishaque, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Despite a consolation win in the final match, India lost the three-match T20I series against England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai by a 1-2 margin. Here are the marks out of ten for all 13 Indian cricketers.

Smriti Mandhana – 4

3 matches, 64 runs at 21.33, SR: 100, HS: 48

The first of her two failures was against a steep total, but the second was not. In a tricky chase of 127, however, Mandhana kept her calm to make 48, helping India secure a consolation win.

Shafali Verma – 4

3 matches, 58 runs at 19.33, SR: 116, HS: 52, 1 fifty

Verma batted well in the chase of 198, keeping India in the hunt until at least halfway through the chase. She failed in the other matches.

Jemimah Rodrigues – 4.5

3 matches, 63 runs at 21.00, SR: 85, HS: 30

Rodrigues gets half a point more than the other senior batters because of her 30 in the second match, where she stood firm as wickets fell around her. She also made 29 in the final match.

Harmanpreet Kaur – 4

3 matches, 41 runs at 20.50, SR: 114, HS: 26

It was Kaur’s 26 that kept Indian hopes alive in the first match. Her series petered out after that, but she was part of the team management that risked a new bowling attack.

Kanika Ahuja – 3

1 match, 15 runs at 15.00, SR: 120, HS: 15

Only one outing for Ahuja, who had little option but to hit out from the onset. Her time will come.

Richa Ghosh – 3

3 matches, 27 runs at 9.00, SR: 108, HS: 21 | 1c 1st

Ghosh kept wicket soundly. There was little she could do but slog in the first match, but more was expected of her in the third.

Amanjot Kaur – 6

1 match, 13 runs, SR: 325, HS: 13*
2 wickets at 12.50, ER: 8.33, BBI: 2-25

After England put on the second ninth-wicket fifty-run partnership in the history of the format, Amanjot claimed two wickets to round the innings off. Coming to bat when India needed 11 at a run a ball, she sealed the match with three consecutive fours off Sophie Ecclestone, no less. A ‘finisher’ in both departments.

Deepti Sharma – 4

3 matches, 15 runs at 7.50, SR: 94, HS: 12
2 wickets at 26.50, ER: 5.88, BBI: 2-4

Sharma’s double-strike in the second match will probably be forgotten, but she was probing without taking wickets in the third T20I too. At the same time, unless she scores at a quicker rate, she will find it difficult to establish her credentials as an all-rounder.

Pooja Vastrakar – 2

2 matches, 17 runs at 17.00, SR: 71, HS: 11*
1 wicket at 51.00, ER: 10.20, BBI: 1-7

A forgettable series for Vastrakar in both departments. One of India’s finest fielders, she also dropped a catch.

Saika Ishaque – 7

3 matches, 5 wickets at 16.20, ER: 8.10, BBI: 3-22

Debuting in the series, Ishaque found it difficult against Danni Wyatt and Nat Sciver-Brunt in the first match. In the third, however, she claimed three wickets with her first eight balls, and put England on the defensive.

Shreyanka Patil – 7

3 matches, 5 wickets at 13.80, ER:  8.28, BBI: 3-19

Patil debuted alongside Ishaque, and was as impressive. In the third match, she struck thrice to match Ishaque’s count, and only DRS prevented her from taking a fourth.

Titas Sadhu – 1

2 matches, ER:  11.00

Only three expensive overs in two matches for Sadhu, a bowler already hailed as Jhulan Goswami’s successor. She should put the series behind her.

Renuka Singh Thakur – 9

3 matches, 7 wickets at 10.84, ER: 6.33, BBI: 3-27

With every passing series, Thakur keeps establishing her credentials as the Indian spearhead. She got six of her seven wickets with the new ball, in either her first or second overs. She finished the series with 12-0-76-7 when the other Indian pacers had 11-0-109-3 between them.

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