Harmanpreet Kaur-led India will return to action after a month as the T20 International tri-series involving hosts South Africa and West Indies begins at the Buffalo Park in East London on Thursday as a precursor to the World Cup.
India’s last international assignment was a five-match T20I series against reigning world champions Australia at home in December 2022. Harmanpreet and Co managed to hand the mighty Aussies their first loss of the year, but went down 1-4 in the series.
Now, the attention shifts to the upcoming tri-series and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup that will begin in South Africa soon after that.
Ahead of the first game of the tri-series against South Africa, India captain Harmanpreet reflected on a number of topics in a press conference.
Talking about Shikha Pandey, who has been included in the squad having last played an international game in October 2021, the skipper said that the pacer’s experience will be crucial.
“Well, as you know she is a very experienced bowler,” said Harmanpreet. “Another reason was we are playing in South Africa, and South Africa is a place that is more friendly to the pacers. So we wanted to strengthen our medium pacers (attack). You have seen us playing with more spinners, but now…