Skipper Kaur and vice-captain Mandhana have been shortlisted for the very first time and if one of them wins, they'll be the first ever Indian player to win the Women's Player of the Month award.
Women's Asia Cup: India opt to bat against UAE, Smriti Mandhana leads the side as Harmanpreet rested
India rested four players including skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, Shafali Verma, Meghna Singh and Radha Yadav.
Deepti and Renuka were the star of the night as Harmanpreet & Co. did everything in their power, ensuring their Jhuli di finished with a 3-0 clean sweep.
There were reports. The players - Indian and English – when asked, were sharing their thoughts on her with an ‘if’.
India was never in trouble during the chase as Mandhana (91 off 99 balls) literally drove and pulled her way before missing out on a deserving sixth WODI hundred by nine runs.
Mandhana is among the few batters in the world who could keep the momentum going for the entire course of an innings without breaking a sweat.
"We do have plans for all batters, but it was important that we executed them, the fielders supported the bowlers well," Harmanpreet said after the match on Tuesday night.
There were no sixes in the match from the Indian batters but Mandhana found the fence 13 times, while Harmanpreet and Verma struck four boundaries each.
She was her candid self when asked about the tight schedule India women have at the moment, especially after not playing a single international game for a year after the 2020 T20 World Cup final.
Mandhana, 26, is close to completing a decade in international cricket. She has established herself as one of the most complete all-format players around the globe.
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The 'Women In Blue' lost the battle of nerves and also the last five wickets for 13 runs with some poor strategic moves and even more atrocious shot selections leaving a lot to be desired.
The 26-year-old smashed 61 from 32 balls in the semifinal against England, helping India reach the final in their maiden CWG event.
Smriti Mandhana blasted 61 and Jemimah Rodrigues' produced a useful 44 not out to power India to a healthy 164 for 5 in the semifinal.
After the initial buzz around women's cricket's debut settled, it was the same old story as the world champions' dominance continued
Smriti Mandhana (25 off 17 balls) also started well but couldn't convert that into a substantial knock.
Once India's youngest T20I debutante, the 25-year-old cricketer returned to domestic cricket during the 2021-22 season eight months after having a baby.
And it seems like India would not want to settle for anything less than the yellow metal.
Days before women's cricket makes its debut at the multi-sport event, Mandhana refused to call the five-time T20 world champions a big team.
The other Indian batters who have progressed in the rankings chart are Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia and bowling-all rounder Pooja Vastrakar.
All-rounder Deepti Sharma and opener Shafali Verma have made significant improvements to their positions after helping India take an unassailable 2-0 lead against Sri Lanka in the IWC series.