Women’s T20 Challenge: Who is Ayushi Soni? Supernovas captain Harmanpreet Kaur introduces promising youngster

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India’s T20I captain, and the skipper of the Supernovas in the Jio Women’s T20 Challenge, Harmanpreet Kaur is ready to step into the tournament and is extremely happy to be playing the sport she loves. Kaur has thanked the BCCI and everyone involved in organising the T20 tournament in UAE amid the pandemic and is hopeful of more Women’s cricket fixtures going ahead.

“Well, I know it’s a long time we didn’t play any cricket but, to be honest, I’m very excited that at least we’re getting some cricket. All are very thankful to BCCI and all the people involved in organising this tournament. That at least we’re getting some cricket. And as a cricketer, I definitely look for more cricket and I hope we keep getting more and more matches,” Kaur said, in a video on the IPL website.

Meet Supernovas’ Ayushi Soni

Among youngsters in the Supernovas squad who have impressed in the last one week of training in UAE, Harmanpreet Kaur seemed particularly impressed with the 20-year-old Ayushi Soni. Kaur also specified the need a middle-order batsman to stand out and the right-handed Delhi batsman Soni, who is also the skipper of India B, could be the one for Harmanpreet’s team. Besides, Soni also bowls right-arm fast-medium and could be an automatic selection in the primary playing XI.

“Young players I can say [Ayushi] Soni. She is doing very well and she has done very well in domestic cricket as well. She is someone who really impressed us and apart from that all the young girls who are playing for a long time, they are also looking very good, very fit. During this pandemic, everyone has worked a lot on their fitness, so that’s something we were able to see during the nets [sessions],” Kaur added.

"Maybe someone who can bat in the middle order. Right now, we have good batters who can bat at the top but someone who could bat in the middle order because that's what we are struggling with, in the Indian team. Maybe, someone who can bat after me, that will be a big positive for us."

Promising youngsters in Mithali Raj’s Velocity

"We do have a couple of young talents in our side. Manali, she is a fast bowler. And we have Anagha, the left-arm spinner and Under-19 player, in our squad. I think this platform gives them an exposure to interact with the overseas players, to see the national players, how they prepare themselves before a tournament,” Raj said ahead of the tournament opener.

"Overall, the sort approach a professional athlete has is what these young girls can learn through this Women's T20 challenge," hopes Raj.

The 6-day tournament spanning from November 4 - November 9, will be the third edition of the Women’s T20 Challenge that saw its inaugural year in 2018. The opening fixture of the tournament will see Harmanpreet’s Supernovas lock horns with Raj’s Velocity on November 4, at 7:30 PM IST.

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