The anticipation for the series between South Africa and India is at it’s highest. It will be the first time that either side has taken to the international scene since the end of the ICC World Cup last July. There are some important players amongst our list of those to watch out for.
With three ODIs and five T20Is to be played over the space of three weeks, there will be plenty of opportunities for players to excel.
Harmanpreet will lead the India side during the T20 games, it is part of what is an obvious plan of succession for when Mitahli Raj gives up the captaincy.
It comes after a remarkable World Cup semi-final in which she dismantled the Australian bowling attack to score 171 not out. It was an innings that showed the world that this is a batter of the highest quality.
After an average WBBL campaign for Sydney Thunder, it could well be South Africa that faces the force of a Harmanpreet Kaur backlash.
The 24-year old all-rounder is a player that can score quick runs and holds the record along with Sune Luus for the sixth wicket in ODIs. Tryon scored a 26 ball 54 against England during their group game at last years World Cup.
Her approach is one that has seen a vast improvement in the fortunes of South Africa.
She also bowls left-arm pace and has an economy rate of under four an over.
Much of what has been good in South African cricket over the last couple of years stems from the captaincy of van Niekerk. Having been given the job full-time in 2016 South Africa have become a difficult team to beat.
A leg-spinning all-rounder van Niekerk took four wickets without conceding a run against West Indies at Leicester. She takes vital wickets at vital times.
A busy batter at the crease she averages over 30 with the bat, there is no doubting that van Niekerk is one of South Africa’s most important players.
There is no doubt of the quality of Mithali a batter of the highest order who has proven it over and over again. The leading run-scorer in women’s ODI it is a testament to the player that there is still a hunger to score runs.
Raj is still captain of the 50 over side, but for the T20 series will let Harmanpreet Kaur take over the reins with preparation for the ICC World T20 coming up later in the year in the West Indies.
With 6 fifties and 49 hundreds in ODIs, there is the real possibility that Mithali can add to those in this series.
An aggressive fast bowler who is capable of striking fear into the top order of any side, along with helpful home conditions it could be yet another successful series. When she doesn’t take wickets she is usually economical.
A more than capable batter with an ODI hundred to her name.