Kiran Navgire has earned her maiden national call-up in the T20I squad for the England tour on Friday.
The Neetu David-led national selection committee also brought back veteran Jhulan Goswami for the ODIs in what could be her last international assignment.
Goswami, 39, will return to competitive cricket after a lengthy break. Her last international appearance was against Bangladesh in the Women’s 50-Over World Cup in New Zealand on March 22.
She had missed the tour of Sri Lanka in July. Goswami is set to hang up her boots after the third and final ODI at Lord’s on September 24.
Sportstar understands that the national selectors have spoken to Goswami recently about the roadmap for the future. And sources in the Board indicate that the speedster may not continue with international cricket post the England tour. She, however, could be available for next year’s Women’s IPL.
After Mithali Raj quit international cricket a couple of months ago, there were speculations that Goswami, too, could call it a day soon.
For Navgire, hard work finally paid off. In the Women’s T20 Challenge this year, Navgire smashed the fastest fifty of the tournament on her batting debut during Velocity’s chase against the Trailblazers in Pune.
In her first game in the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy against Arunachal Pradesh this year, she hammered a 76-ball 162 - making her the first Indian, male or female, to score more than 150 runs in a T20 match. Navgire, who hails from Maharashtra, represented Nagaland this year.
Jemimah Rodrigues, who last played an ODI on July 21, also finds a place in the 50-over squad. She was ruled out of the women’s Hundred on Friday due to a wrist injury.
India’s England tour comes close on the heels of its defeat to Australia in the final of the Commonwealth Games.
The T20I squad also saw the return of wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh while Yastika Bhatia was left out. Leg-spinner Poonam Yadav was also dropped from both white-ball squads.
The T20I matches will be held in Hove (September 10), Derby (September 13), and Bristol (September 15) and the ODIs will be played in Hove (September 18), Canterbury (September 21), and London (September 24).
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