Balangir girl in national cricket team
Bhubaneswar, Feb. 4: Odisha girl Madhuri Mehta has been included in the national senior women’s cricket team for its upcoming tour of West Indies.
Madhuri, who is from Balangir, caught the selectors’ attention by scoring 36 and 40 against Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively, in T20 matches held in Cuttack last month.
The Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) today announced a cash award of Rs 1 lakh for Madhuri.
Madhuri said: “My brother and father helped me shape my career. I have been playing cricket for the last five years. I have also conveyed my feelings to the Odisha Cricket Association for their support in shaping my career.”
OCA secretary Ashirbad Behera said: “We spotted Madhuri when she played for the Balangir district team three years ago. She will certainly emerge as a good player for the Indian women’s cricket team.”
The Indian team will play five T20 and three One-Day Internationals in the West Indies. Anjum Chopra will lead the team in the series.
Anjum Chopra replaced Jhulan Goswami as the skipper of the Indian women’s cricket team ahead of its West Indies tour. Goswami will continue to spearhead the attack.
India will play five Twenty20 matches and three ODIs in the tour that will commence from February 18.
Anjum Chopra (captain), Mithali Raj (vice-captain), Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Subhalaxmi Sharma, Diana David, Sunitha Anand, Gouhar Sultana, Mamtha Kanojia, Archana Das, Ekta Bist, Amita Sharma, Madhuri Mehta and Sulakshna Naik.