Veda Krishnamurthy in action. ©ICC

England take on Board President’s XI led by Smriti Mandhana in a warm-up 50-over match in Mumbai on Monday (February 18) to kickstart their tour of India.   The BP XI consists of players who have performed consistently in the domestic circuit in the recent past, and a few who have already played for India 

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Smriti Mandhana after hitting a century. ©Getty Images

In 2016, I watched as Smriti Mandhana tore into Sri Lanka’s bowling attack at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. It was a practice match ahead of the World T20, and Mandhana was coming off a successful tour of Australia, where she had scored her first international century. She was batting at No.3 in that 

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New Zealand celebrate the wicket of India captain Harmanpreet Kaur. ©Getty Images

Auckland, Wellington and Hamilton. Three different venues, three types of surfaces, but much the same story for India all three times – they got themselves into winning positions and then found a way to lose from there. In the final T20I against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday (February 10), India faltered 

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Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur in action. ©BCCI

“Tactically, definitely, I would say I have to bat till 20 overs. That is the best option. The more I bat till 18 overs, we won’t collapse. Because… the top order, if they bat till 18-20 overs, it becomes very easy for the (rest of the) batting unit to just revolve around that batter. That 

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Mithali Raj in action. ©ICC

The final ODI between New Zealand and India in Hamilton marked 200th ODI for the India Skipper, Mithali Raj. India lost the match, as though the 200th ODI milestone appeared to be jinx for Team India both men and women. She becomes the first woman cricketer to play 200 ODIs and is the highest run-scorer 

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New Zealand were slow out of the blocks, poor with both bat and ball and quite muddled in their approach through the first two ODIs of their three-match series against India. They just didn’t ‘turn up’. Like good hosts (athithi devo bhavah and all that) they allowed India to build their confidence early in the series 

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WBBL|04 Champions - Brisbane Heat ©Getty Images

For the first time in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) history, a team based outside of Sydney (Sixers and Thunder) have taken home the trophy. Brisbane Heat were victors against a dominant Sixers crowd that was close to 5,500 at Drummoyne Oval. The fourth edition of the tournament saw the standard lift to another 

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