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Shabnam Shakil Joins India Women’s Squad

Sumant Mandal
3 weeks ago

Shabnam Shakil Joins India Women’s Squad.

Under-19 World Cup winning pacer Shabnam Shakil has been handed her maiden India senior call-up.

After being named as a late addition to the national squads for the ongoing multi-format series against South Africa.

A New Dawn for Indian Women’s Cricket

In a significant development for Indian women’s cricket, Shabnam Shakil, the Under-19 World Cup-winning pacer, has been handed her maiden call-up to the senior national team.

This exciting addition comes amidst the ongoing multi-format series against South Africa, injecting fresh energy and potential into the squad.

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The Strategic Move: Shakil as a Crucial Cover

At just 17 years old, Shabnam Shakil’s inclusion is seen as a strategic move to manage the workload of India’s frontline pacers.

With Pooja Vastrakar and Renuka Thakur sharing the new-ball duties in the opening ODI in Bengaluru, Shakil’s presence offers an essential backup option.

The selection comes at a time when Vastrakar’s fitness has been under scrutiny due to a shoulder niggle that required rehabilitation at the NCA in Bengaluru.

Fitness Challenges and New Opportunities

The second ODI brought more changes as Renuka Thakur was rested, leading to Arundhati Reddy receiving her maiden ODI cap.

Meanwhile thakur was seen undergoing a fitness test supervised by the team’s strength and conditioning coach, Anand Date.

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Shabnam Shakil Joins India Women’s Squad

These fitness concerns highlight the importance of having a robust backup like Shakil, who can step in when needed.

Looking Ahead: The One-Off Test and T20I Series

For the upcoming one-off Test in Chennai, India’s squad includes a fourth pace-bowling option in Meghna Singh, alongside the three pacers from the ODI squad.

Meghna will then make way for pace-bowling allrounder Amanjot Kaur in the three-match T20I series.

This dynamic rotation underscores the team’s strategy to balance experience with emerging talent, ensuring they remain competitive across all formats.

Shakil’s Journey: From Camp to Call-Up

HIs journey to the national squad has been marked by consistent performance and dedication.

She was recently part of a pacers-specific camp ahead of the series selection and played for the Board President’s XI in a warm-up fixture against the South African team.

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Despite rain interrupting the match, her presence in the camp and the fixture underscored her readiness for the big stage.

Making Her Mark in WPL

After spending the inaugural season on the bench with the Gujarat Giants.

Shakil made a notable impact in the 2024 Women’s Premier League (WPL).

She picked up four wickets in four games, maintaining an economy rate of 7.

which demonstrated her potential to perform under pressure and on significant platforms.

What’s Next for Shabnam Shakil?

With her debut call-up, Shabnam Shakil is poised to bring youthful vigor and skill to the Indian women’s cricket team. Her inclusion not only strengthens the squad but also inspires other young cricketers aspiring to reach similar heights.

What do you think about Shabnam Shakil’s potential impact on the Indian women’s cricket team?

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