As many as four Indian cricketers were named in the ICC Women’s teams of the decade, announced by the world cricket’s governing body on Sunday.
Talismanic batter Mithali Raj, along with veteran Jhulan Goswami were included in the ODI team of the decade, while Poonam Yadav and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur found their places in the T20 Team of the Decade.
The ICC Women's T20I Team of the Decade
— ICC (@ICC) December 27, 2020
World Cup winner Meg Lanning was named skipper of both sides.
Mithali Raj is currently the world’s 10th best batswoman in the ICC cricket rankings, while Jhulan Goswami is ranked fifth among the bowlers.
Jhulan has scalped 225 wickets from 182 ODIs, while Mithali who retired from T20Is to focus on the 50-over format last year, has aggregated 6888 runs from 209 ODIs.
Indian T20 team skipper Harmanpreet has amassed 2186 runs from 114 T20I matches, while Poonam, who has best figures of 4/9, has scalped 95 wickets from just 67 T20Is .
ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Decade: Meg Lanning (Captain), Alyssa Healy, Suzie Bates, Mithali Raj, Stafanie Taylor, Sarah Taylor, Ellyse Perry, Dane Van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp, Jhulan Goswami, and Anisha Mohammed.
ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Decade: Meg Lanning (Captain), Alyssa Healy, Sophie Devine, Suzie Bates, Harmanpreet Kaur, Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin, Ellyse Perry, Anya Shrubsole, Megan Schutt, Poonam Yadav.
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Harmanpreet is now the second India batter to feature in the top 10 after Mithali Raj, who is ranked second - 10 points behind Australia captain Meg Lanning.
India have all been inspired by these girls, who were on track to be world champions for the majority of the summit clash against the hosts. All they now need is a glitzy tournament like the IPL to shoot them in the galaxy of the Mithalis, Ellyse Perrys and Sarah Taylors. So that come New Zealand 2021, India is better prepared to lift the Cup.
India have dominated New Zealand so far in the series and won the second game by eight runs. The third and final ODI will be played on Friday.