The South Africa ODI series will begin from February 5 © Getty Images
The South Africa ODI series will begin from February 5 © Getty Images

Jemimah Rodrigues has been included in the 16-member India Women squad for ODIs in South Africa. India will be playing a three-ODI series against South Africa, beginning from February 5. These matches will be a part of the ICC Women’s Championship. Mithali Raj will lead the side while Harmanpreet Kaur will be her deputy. Apart from Sushma Verma, the selectors have also picked a back-up wicketkeeper in Taniya Bhatia. She comes in place of Nuzhat Parween.

Madhya Pradesh’s Pooja Vastrakar has also received a call-up in the squad, replacing Mansi Joshi. Mansi is undergoing rehab as she injured her knee during the Challengers Trophy. Before the first ODI, India Women will play a warm-up on February 2 at Bloemfontein. The first two ODIs will be played at Kimberley while the last ODI will be held at Potchefstroom.

The teams will also be playing a five-match T20I series as well after the ODIs.

India Women squad: Mithali Raj (c), Harmanpreet Kaur (vc), Sushma Verma (wk), Ekta Bisht, Smriti Mandhana, Poonam Yadav, Punam Raut, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jemimah Rodrigues, Jhulan Goswami, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Mona Meshram, Pooja Vastrakar, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia (wk)