Jemimah, Shikha dropped from Mithali Raj-led squad

Star batter Jemimah Rodrigues was on Thursday ropped from the 15-member Indian women’s cricket squad announced for the ICC ODI World Cup to be held in New Zealand from March 4 to April 3. Veteran Mithali Raj will lead the side with Harmanpreet Kaur as her deputy. The side also includes veterans Smriti Mandhana, Jhulan Goswami and the young Shafali Verma among others.

However, Rodrigues and all-rounder Shikha Pandey have been ignored from the side due to lack of form. Roderigues failed to hit the double figure mark during the last year in all the international assignments she was a part of. Pandey has been similarly off colour.