Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj will lead the Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity teams respectively in the upcoming Women's T20 Challenge to be played between 6 and 11 May at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
India's best cricketers and future stars will be joined by international players from England, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in a four-match tri-series.
All the teams consists of 13 players with four overseas cricketers each.
Some of the top international stars to feature in the series are England's Natalie Sciver (Supernovas), New Zealand's Sophie Devine (Supernovas), West Indies' Stafanie Taylor (Trailblazers), England's Sophie Ecclestone (Trailblazers), New Zealand's Suzie Bates (Trailblazers), England's Danielle Wyatt (Velocity) and New Zealand's Amelia Kerr (Velocity) among others.
While WV Raman will coach the Supernovas, Biju George and Mamta Maben have been named as the coaches of Trailblazers and Velocity teams respectively.
Supernovas: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Anuja Patil, Arundhati Reddy, Chamari Athapaththu (Sri Lanka), Jemimah Rodrigues, Lea Tahuhu (New Zealand), Mansi Joshi, Natalie Sciver (England), Poonam Yadav, Priya Punia, Radha P Yadav, Sophie Devine (New Zealand), Taniya Bhatia (WK).
Trailblazers: Smriti Mandhana (Captain), Bharti Fulmali, Dayalan Hemlatha, Deepti Sharma, Harleen Deol, Jasia Akhtar, Jhulan Goswami, R Kalpana (WK), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Shakera Selman (West Indies), Sophie Ecclestone (England), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Suzie Bates (New Zealand).
Velocity: Mithali Raj (Captain), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Danielle Wyatt (England), Devika Vaidya, Ekta Bisht, Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh), Komal Zhanzad, Shafali Verma, Shikha Pandey, Sushma Verma (WK), Sushree Dibyadarshini, Veda Krishnamurthy.
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Even under immense pressure to deliver, with the weight of a future IPL on their shoulders, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana stood tall and showed that women have the power game that works so well on television. This is the potential of Indian cricket, they said. This is it’s present. And this can be its future.
Needing 19 off the final over, Supernovas skipper Harmanpreet (46 not out off 34) almost got her team over the line with some sensational hitting but veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami held her nerve after being smashed for four consecutive boundaries.
With most members of India's squad in their early twenties, this is a side whose primary goal is to learn that they can win without Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj.