The Indian women’s cricket team successfully drew the historic match against England at the County Ground, Bristol. With this, the Mithali Raj-led side extended their 26-year-old unbeaten streak in the longer format in England.
India took the field for the four-day match with several debutants including the likes of Sneh Rana, Shafali Verama, Deepti Sharma and Taniya Bhatia. Interestingly, all of them stepped up to produce brilliant performances for their national team against the Heather Knight-led side.
Let’s look at the top Indian performers from the only Test match against England:
1. Shafali Verma
The youngster emerged as the top performer for team India owing to her twin half-centuries at the Bristol Test. After missing out on a well-deserved 100 by just four runs in the first innings, Verma played another brilliant knock of 63 runs in the second innings. She also won the ‘Player of the Match’ award for her contribution to the game.
2. Sneh Rana
All-rounder Sneh Rana contributed to team India with both bat and ball. She emerged as India’s top wicket-taker with a spell of 39.2-4-131-4 during England’s only innings. Moreover, she played a crucial role during India’s second innings with her unbeaten knock of 80* runs.
3. Deepti Sharma
Another player who was playing her maiden Test, Deepti Sharma successfully made it to this list. After claiming three crucial wickets with the ball, Sharma significantly contributed with the bat as well. She played two outstanding knocks of 29* and 54 runs in both innings against England.
4. Smriti Mandhana
Flamboyant India opening batter Smriti Mandhana played a sensational knock of 78 runs off 155 deliveries to lay the foundation in the first innings. She also smashed 14 boundaries in this knock. However, Mandhana couldn’t impress in the second innings after getting out for a score of eight runs.
5. Taniya Bhatia
India’s wicket keeper-batter Taniya Bhatia also had a brilliant Test match against the English side. After failing with the bat in the first innings, Bhatia played the match-saving knock of 44* in the following innings. She indulged in an astonishing 104-run partnership with Rana for the ninth wicket while being asked to follow on by the opposition.