Team Velocity | Unique players to watch out for | Women's T20 Challenge
Written By: Jeet Vachharajani
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A new start for Velocity beckons as they start their campaign under the leadership of the new skipper Deepti Sharma. Amongst the three teams, Velocity is the only team to have never lifted the title. Their best finish was runners-up in the 2019 edition when they lost to Supernovas on the last ball of the game when Radha Yadav scored 10 runs off the last 4 balls to snatch the win.
Velocity would be looking to break the hoodoo this year and looking to clinch their maiden title. They have a squad with several top performers from the recently concluded Senior Women's T20 Trophy.
The right-arm wrist spinner Maya Sonawane could provide to be the X-factor that Velocity could be looking for. In a team full of orthodox finger spinners in Deepti Sharma, Radha Yadav, Keerthi James, Sneh Rana, etc., Sonawane stands out being a leggie with an unorthodox bowling action. Sonawane troubled the batters in the recent Senior Women's T20 Trophy in which she scalped 11 wickets at an average of just 14 and finished as the tournament's 4th highest wicket-taker.
It was the Kiran Navgire show in the Senior Women's T20 Trophy as she announced herself in style with brutal knocks in the Plate group. She finished the competition as the highest run-scorer with 525 runs. What was interesting is that the 2nd-best finished 200 runs behind her. Navgire finished the competition with an average of 131.3 which was the best amongst all the batters. What stood out with her was how easily she found the boundaries. She ended with the most 4s (54) and the most 6s (35) and these numbers were well above the other batters in the competition. While she left an impact as a batter, her bowling contribution slipped under the radar as she took 7 wickets in 7 games at an average of 13.1.
The left-arm spinner from Maharashtra made rounds in the recent domestic competition as she spun a web around most of the batters in the competition. She finished as the highest wicket-taker of the competition with 13 wickets at an average of just over 10. To complement the wickets and a stellar average, she also had an impressive economy of 4.8 which was amongst the best in the competition.
SIMRAN DIL BAHADUR
Simran Bahadur has been one of the most impressive pacers in the domestic circuit. With consistent performances, she got her maiden ODI call to represent India earlier this year and made her debut against New Zealand. She traveled with the squad in New Zealand for the bilateral series till the end of the World Cup. The right-arm pacer means business. She bowls a very attacking length and looks to target the stumps and manages to breach the defenses quite often. She can be a handy lower-order batter as well as she is capable to strike some clean blows as a left-handed batter.