Shreyanka, Deepti, Pooja may excel in T20s vs Oz: Ex player Reema

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | January 04, 2024 IST

Shreyanka Patil

Navi Mumbai, Jan 4: Can India surprise Australia women in the upcoming three-match T20 series?

Well, that seems bit unlikely, even though Indians will continue to enjoy home advantage. Despite beating formidable England and Aussies in back-to-back Tests in Mumbai, Harmanpreet Kaur & Co will have to really play well to challenge Australia in the shortest format.

Because after humbling India in the the three-ODIs with a 3-0 clean sweep, Alyssa Healy led Australian women in all likelihood would dominate the T20s too.

But some former India players are optimistic that despite the results, some Indian bowlers will do well even against the Auusies and test them.

If Indian batters can excel, the results can swing in either way, they are optimistic.

Former India cricketer Reema Malhotra believes a lot will be riding on Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma and Shreyanka Patil ahead of the three-match T20I series against Australia starting on January 5 at the DY Patil Stadium.

India's last T20I assignment saw them lose to England 2-1 at the Wankhede Stadium last month. Though they won back-to-back Tests against England and Australia, India had to suffer a 3-0 defeat in the ODI series against the Alyssa Healy-led side.

In the white-ball matches so far, Pooja, Deepti and Shreyanka have been amongst the wickets for India. “It is a T20I, so the batters need to perform but the bowlers are just as important for India. Shreyanka Patil proved herself in the two matches against England. I don’t think you can keep Deepti Sharma out of the picture, she has been writing her own story and this time she has etched it in gold – she’s in terrific form.”

"Another name I would like to add is Pooja Vastrakar 2.0, the way she performed in the series was brilliant. Her role in this T20I season will be very important to the team. Also, these three players can equally contribute with the bat as well. So, a lot is riding on these three to perform in the bowling department,” said Reema on JioCinema’s daily show ‘#AAKASHVANI’.

One of the most glaring aspect of India’s play has been the fielding, which was witnessed in the ODI series defeat when they dropped a lot of catches and had plenty of misfields. Reema felt the mistakes in fielding shouldn’t be repeated, and expects them to make improvements in this department in the T20I series.

"If you want to beat Australia, then you need to beat them in all three departments. There was a slight problem with India in batting and bowling, but I believe that can still be recovered because India has been playing well and just need to give that final push to win.

“But I think the main problem is fielding, in terms of fitness, I think this team has significantly improved. We saw them drop a lot of catches in a single game and mistakes like these cannot be repeated. So, I think they just need to believe in themselves, and they will improve," she said. (With IANS supoort)

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