India women's national cricket team

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India
Cricket India Crest.svg
India cricket crest
Nickname(s)Women in Blue
AssociationBoard of Control for Cricket in India
Personnel
Captain
CoachIndia Ramesh Powar
International Cricket Council
ICC statusFull member (1926)
ICC regionAsia
ICC Rankings Current[1] Best-ever
WODI 4th 2nd (1 May 2020)
WT20I 3rd 3rd (15 Nov 2019)
Women's Tests
First WTestv  West Indies at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore; 31 October – 2 November 1976
Last WTestv  England at Bristol County Ground, Bristol; 16–19 June 2021
WTests Played Won/Lost
Total[2] 37 5/6
(26 draws)
This year[3] 1 0/0 (1 draw)
Women's One Day Internationals
First WODIv  England at Eden Gardens, Calcutta; 1 January 1978
Last WODIv  South Africa at Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow; 16 March 2021
WODIs Played Won/Lost
Total[4] 277 152/120
(1 ties, 4 no result)
This year[5] 5 1/4
(0 ties, 0 no result)
Women's World Cup appearances9 (first in 1978)
Best resultRunner-Up (2005, 2017)
Women's World Cup Qualifier appearances1 (first in 2017)
Best resultWinner (2017)
Women's Twenty20 Internationals
First WT20Iv  England at the County Cricket Ground, Derby; 5 August 2006
Last WT20Iv  South Africa at Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow; 23 March 2021
WT20Is Played Won/Lost
Total[6] 126 68/56
(0 ties, 2 no result)
This year[7] 3 1/2
(0 ties, 0 no result)
Women's T20 World Cup appearances6 (first in 2009)
Best resultRunner-Up (2020)

Test kit

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ODI kit

T20I kit

As of 19 June 2021

The India women's national cricket team, nicknamed the Women in Blue,[8] represents the country of India in international women's cricket.

India made its Test debut in 1976,[9] against the West Indies, and its One Day International (ODI) debut at the 1978 World Cup, which it hosted. The team has made the World Cup final on three occasions, losing to Australia by 98 runs in 2005 and losing to England by 9 runs in 2017. India has made the semi-finals on three other occasions, in 1997, 2000, and 2009. India has also made the finals of the World Twenty20 on one occasion (2020) and the semi-finals on three occasions (2009, 2010, and 2018).

History[edit]

Eight female cricketers stand on a field. Two players are in red practice jerseys; three other players in red jerseys are facing toward them; a player in a blue shirt is facing away and hides another player in a blue game shirt. In the upper left corner is a fan with an Indian flag.
Members of the Indian cricket team before a Women's Cricket World Cup game in Sydney

The British brought cricket to India in the early 1700s, with the first documented instance of cricket being played is in 1721.[10] The first Indian cricket club was established by the Parsi community in Bombay, in 1848; the club played their first match against the Europeans in 1877.[11] The first official Indian cricket team was formed in 1911 and toured England, where they played English county teams.[12] The India team made their Test debut against England in 1932.[13] Around the same time (1934), the first women's Test was played between England and Australia.[14] However, women's cricket arrived in India much later; the Women's Cricket Association of India was formed in 1973.[15] The Indian women's team played their first Test match in 1976, against the West Indies.[16] India recorded its first-ever Test win in November 1978 against West Indies under Shantha Rangaswamy's captaincy at the Moin-ul-Haq Stadium in Patna.[17][18]

Indian Batswoman at Cricket World Cup 2010
Mithali Raj, Captain of India Women's cricket team

As part of the International Cricket Council's initiative to develop women's cricket, the Women's Cricket Association of India was merged with the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2006.[19]

In 2021, the BCCI announced that Ramesh Powar would become the Head Coach of the Indian Women's Cricket Team.[20][21]

Governing body[edit]

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the governing body for the Indian cricket team and first-class cricket in India. The Board has been operating since 1929 and represents India at the International Cricket Council. It is amongst the richest sporting organisations in the world. It sold media rights for India's matches from 2006–2010 for US$612,000,000.[22] It manages the Indian team's sponsorships, its future tours and team selection. The International Cricket Council (ICC) determines India's upcoming matches through its future tours program.

Selection Committee[edit]

On 26 September 2020, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the appointment of All-India Women's Selection Committee.[23] Neetu David, former left-arm spinner, heads the five-member selection committee.[24]

Team colours[edit]

Sponsorship for ICC tournaments
Tournament Kit manufacturer Sleeve sponsor
1973 Women's Cricket World Cup
1978 Women's Cricket World Cup
1982 Hansells Vita Fresh World Cup
1988 Shell Bicentennial Women's World Cup
1993 Women's Cricket World Cup
1997 Hero Honda Women's World Cup Wills
2000 CricInfo Women's Cricket World Cup
2005 Women's Cricket World Cup Sahara
2009 Women's Cricket World Cup Nike
2009 ICC Women's World Twenty20
2010 ICC Women's World Twenty20
2012 ICC Women's World Twenty20
2013 Women's Cricket World Cup
2014 ICC Women's World Twenty20 Star India
2016 ICC Women's World Twenty20
2017 Women's Cricket World Cup Oppo
2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20
2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup BYJU'S
2022 Women's Cricket World Cup MPL Sports
2022 ICC Women's T20 World Cup
Kit sponsorship history
Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1993-1996 Wills
1999-2001
2001-2002
2002-2003 Sahara
2003-2005
2005-2013 Nike
2014-2017 Star India
2017-2019 Oppo
2019-2020 BYJU'S
2020-2023 MPL Sports

Sponsorship[edit]

Current Sponsors & Partners
Team Sponsor BYJU'S
Title Sponsor Paytm
Kit Sponsor MPL Sports
Official Partners Dream11
LafargeHolcim
(Ambuja Cements and ACC)
Hyundai Motor India Limited
Official Broadcaster Star Sports

The current sponsor of the team is BYJU's.[25] OPPO's sponsorship was to run from 2017 until 2022, but was handed over to BYJU's on 5 September 2019.[26] Previously, the Indian team was sponsored by Star India from 2014 to 2017,[27] Sahara India Pariwar from 2002 to 2013.

Nike had been a long time kit supplier to team India having acquired the contract in 2005,[28] with two extensions for a period of five years each time; in 2011[29] and 2016[30] respectively. Nike ended its contract in September 2020[31] and MPL Sports Apparel & Accessories, a subsidiary of online gaming platform Mobile Premier League replaced Nike as the kit manufacturer in October 2020.[32][33][34]

On 30 August 2019, following the conclusion of the Expression of Interest process for Official Partners’ Rights, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Sporta Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Dream11), LafargeHolcim (ACC Cement and Ambuja Cement) and Hyundai Motor India Ltd. have acquired the Official Partners' Rights for the BCCI International and Domestic matches during 2019-23.[35]

Paytm acquired the title sponsorship for all matches played by the team within India in 2015[36] and extended the same in 2019[37] until 2023. Star India and Airtel have been title sponsors previously.

International grounds[edit]

Fourteen grounds in India have hosted women's international Test cricket matches. The first women's international Test cricket match hosted in India was held at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on 31 October 1976.

Six grounds in India have hosted women's T20I matches. The first women's T20I match hosted in India was held at the Bandra Kurla Complex Ground in Mumbai on 4 March 2010.

Captains[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

The recent results and forthcoming fixtures of India in international cricket:

Bilateral series and tours
Date Against H/A/N Results [Matches]
Test WODI WT20I
March 2021  South Africa Home 1-4 [5] 1-2 [3]
June 2021  England Away [1] [3] [3]
September 2021  Australia Away [1] [3] [3]
Multiteam series and tournaments
Date Series Format Position Results [Matches]
March–April 2022 New Zealand 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup WODI

Players[edit]

Former players[edit]

Squad[edit]

This lists all the players who have played for India since September 2019 and the forms in which they have played. Updated as of 20 May 2021.[38]

Key
Symbol Meaning
C/G Contract grade with the BCCI
S/N Shirt number of the player in all formats
Format Denotes the player's playing format
Name Age Batting style Bowling style Domestic team C/G Forms S/N
ODI Captain and Batter
Mithali Raj 38 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Railways B Test, ODI 3
T20I Captain and All-rounder
Harmanpreet Kaur 32 Right-handed Right-arm off break Punjab A Test, ODI, T20I 7
Batters
Jemimah Rodrigues 20 Right-handed Right-arm off break Mumbai B ODI, T20I 5
Smriti Mandhana 24 Left-handed Right-arm medium Maharashtra A Test, ODI, T20I 18
Poonam Raut 31 Right-handed Right-arm off break Railways B Test, ODI 14
Priya Punia 24 Right-handed Right-arm medium Rajasthan C ODI 16
Shafali Verma 17 Right-handed Right-arm off break Haryana B T20I 17
Veda Krishnamurthy 28 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Karnataka - ODI, T20I 79
Ayushi Soni 20 Right-handed Right-arm medium Delhi - T20I
All-rounders
Deepti Sharma 23 Left-handed Right-arm off break Bengal B ODI, T20I 6
Shikha Pandey 32 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Goa B Test, ODI, T20I 12
Pooja Vastrakar 21 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Madhya Pradesh C ODI, T20I 11
Harleen Deol 23 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Himachal Pradesh C T20I 98
Dayalan Hemalatha 26 Right-handed Right-arm off break Railways - ODI 9
Wicket-keeper
Taniya Bhatia 23 Right-handed N/A Punjab B ODI, T20I 28
Sushma Verma 28 Right-handed N/A Himachal Pradesh - ODI 5
Richa Ghosh 17 Right-handed Right-arm medium Bengal C T20I 13
Nuzhat Parveen 25 Right-handed N/A Railways - T20I 7
Spin Bowlers
Poonam Yadav 29 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Railways A Test, ODI, T20I 24
Rajeshwari Gayakwad 30 Right-handed Left-arm orthodox Railways B ODI, T20I 1
Radha Yadav 21 Right-handed Left-arm orthodox Baroda B ODI, T20I 23
Ekta Bisht 35 Right-handed Left-arm orthodox Railways - Test, ODI, T20I 8
Anuja Patil 28 Right-handed Right-arm off break Maharashtra - T20I 82
Sneh Rana 27 Right-handed Right-arm off break Railways - ODI, T20I 2
Challuru Prathyusha 22 Right-handed Right-arm leg break Karnataka - ODI
Pace Bowlers
Jhulan Goswami 38 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Bengal B Test, ODI 25
Mansi Joshi 27 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Haryana C ODI, T20I 10
Arundhati Reddy 23 Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast Railways C T20I 20
Monica Patel 22 Left-handed Left-arm medium Karnataka - ODI 2
Simran Bahadur 21 Left-handed Right-arm medium Delhi - T20I

Players' salaries are as follows:

  • Grade A – 50 lakh (US$70,000) per annum
  • Grade B – 30 lakh (US$42,000) per annum
  • Grade C – 10 lakh (US$14,000) per annum

Personnel[edit]

Tournament history[edit]

World Cup[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position Played Won Lost Tie NR
England 1973 Did Not Compete
India 1978 Group Stage 4/4 3 0 3 0 0
New Zealand 1982 Group Stage 4/5 12 4 8 0 0
Australia 1988 Did Not Compete
England 1993 Group Stage 4/8 7 4 3 0 0
India 1997 Semi-finals 4/11 6 3 1 1 1
New Zealand 2000 Semi-finals 3/8 8 5 3 0 0
South Africa 2005 Runners-up 2/8 9 5 2 0 2
Australia 2009 Super 6s 3/6 7 5 2 0 0
India 2013 Group Stage 7/8 4 2 2 0 0
England 2017 Runners-up 2/8 9 6 3 0 0
New Zealand 2022
TOTAL Runners-Up x2 10/12 65 34 27 1 3

World Cup Qualifier[edit]

World Twenty20 record
Year Round Position GP W L T NR
South Africa 2017 Champions 1/10 8 8 0 0 0
TOTAL 1 Title 1/10 8 8 0 0 0

Women's Championship[edit]

Women's Championship record
Year Round Position GP W L D T NR
2014-16 Group Stage[a] 5/8 21 9 11 0 0 1
2017-20 Group Stage[b] 4/8 21 10 8 0 0 3
TOTAL Advanced x1 3/8 42 19 19 0 0 4

Twenty20 World Cup[edit]

World Twenty20 record
Year Played Won Lost Tie NR Position
2009 England 4 2 2 0 0 Semi-Finalists
2010 West Indies Cricket Board 4 2 2 0 0 Semi-Finalists
2012 Sri Lanka 3 0 3 0 0 Group Stage[40]
2014 Bangladesh 5 3 2 0 0 Group Stage
2016 India 5 1 4 0 0 Group Stage
2018 West Indies Cricket Board 5 4 1 0 0 Semi-Finalists
2020 Australia 6 4 1 1 Runners-up
2023 South Africa
Total 32 16 15 0 1 Semi-Finalists (3 times) & Runners-Up (1 time)

Asia Cup[edit]

Asia Cup record
Year Played Won Lost Tie NR Position
2004 Sri Lanka 5 5 0 0 0 Champions
2005–06 Pakistan 5 5 0 0 0 Champions
2006 India 5 5 0 0 0 Champions
2008 Sri Lanka 7 7 0 0 0 Champions
2012 China 4 4 0 0 0 Champions
2016 Thailand 6 6 0 0 0 Champions
2018 Malaysia 6 4 2 0 0 Runners-up
Total 38 36 2 0 0 Champions (6 times)

Individual records[edit]

Statistics[edit]

One-Day Internationals[edit]

Opponent Matches Won Lost Tied No Result % Won First Last
 Australia 46 9 37 0 0 19.56 1978 2018
 Bangladesh 4 4 0 0 0 100.00 2013 2017
 Denmark 1 1 0 0 0 100.00 1993 1993
 England 69 30 37 0 2 44.77 1978 2018
 International XI 3 3 0 0 0 100.00 1982 1982
 Ireland 12 12 0 0 0 100.00 1993 2017
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 0 100.00 1993 2000
 New Zealand 48 19 28 1 0 40.62 1978 2019
 Pakistan 10 10 0 0 0 100.00 2005 2017
 South Africa 27 15 11 0 1 57.69 1997 2021
 Sri Lanka 29 26 2 0 1 92.85 2000 2018
 West Indies 25 20 5 0 0 80.80 1993 2019
Total 277 152 120 1 4 55.86 1978 2021
Statistics are correct as of  India v  South Africa at Lucknow, 5th ODI, 17 March 2021.[41][42]

Players in bold text are still active with India.

Twenty20 Internationals[edit]

Opponent Matches Won Lost Tied No Result % Won First Last
 Australia 20 6 14 0 0 30.00 2008 2020
 Bangladesh 12 10 2 0 0 83.33 2013 2020
 England 19 4 15 0 0 21.05 2006 2020
 Ireland 1 1 0 0 0 100 2018 2018
 Malaysia 1 1 0 0 0 100.00 2018 2018
 New Zealand 12 4 8 0 0 33.33 2009 2020
 Pakistan 11 9 2 0 0 81.81 2009 2018
 South Africa 13 8 4 0 1 66.66 2014 2021
 Sri Lanka 18 14 3 0 1 82.35 2009 2020
 Thailand 1 1 0 0 0 100.00 2018 2018
 West Indies 18 10 8 0 0 55.55 2011 2019
Total 126 68 56 0 2 54.83 2006 2021
Statistics are correct as of  India v  South Africa at Lucknow, 3rd T20I, March 23, 2021.[47][48]

Test cricket[edit]

Test record versus other nations

Opponent Matches Won Lost Draw W/L ratio % Won % Lost % Draw First Last
 Australia 9 0 4 5 0.00 0.00 44.44 55.55 1977 2006
 England 13 2 1 10 2.00 15.38 7.69 76.92 1986 2014
 New Zealand 6 0 0 6 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00 1977 2003
 South Africa 2 2 0 0 - 100.00 0.00 0.00 2002 2014
 West Indies 6 1 1 4 1.00 16.66 16.66 66.66 1976 1976
Total 36 5 6 25 0.83 13.88 16.66 69.44 1976 2014
Statistics are correct as of  India v  South Africa at Mysore, Nov 16-19, 2014.[51][52]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

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