India will be making their debut at the Asian Games 2022 and would be strong favourites to lift the title. The heavyweights from the sub-continent, India have some formidable players in their ranks and would be hoping to clinch off the gold medal without much resistance.
As India is the top-seeded team in the whole pool, they have directly qualified for the quarter-finals. But, they will be facing a challenge as their skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has been suspended for 2 games following her unruly behaviour in the series versus Bangladesh.
Smriti Mandhana will be the captain of India for the first 2 games and would be hoping that she makes the job easy for the regular skipper, once she returns. As cricket paves a way back into the Asian Games after a hiatus of 9 years, India would be hoping to etch their names in gold in the record books.
In this article, we take a look at 3 reasons why the Indian women’s team might win the Asian Games 2022 cricket event:
1. India are the champions of Asia
The Indian women’s team has won the Asia Cup 2023 and are also the most successful side in the history of this competition. In 8 editions of the Asia Cup so far, India has won 7 of them.
This speaks volumes about India’s dominance in this continent and that would mean that India starts this competition as the runaway favourites.
2. Good form in ICC events
India has been traditionally playing well in the competitions at the global stage. Even though they haven’t been able to win a World Cup thus far, they have performed well than all their other Asian counterparts.
In the last 3 editions of the Women’s World Cup, India are the only side to have reached the semi-finals or finals, and this speaks volumes about the class and quality of the Indian women’s cricket team.
3. India has some formidable players in their squad for Asian Games 2022
The Indian women’s team has named a star-studded and full-strength side for the Asian Games 2022. From Shafali Varma to Smriti Mandhana, India’s batting looks explosive and is all set to rule the roost in this competition.
The bowling department comprises of some stars in the form of Pooja Vastrakar, Deepti Sharma and Amanjot Kaur and Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
India looks solid and balanced and will be starting their campaign from 21st September 2023, against Malaysia. The match is slated to begin from 6:30 AM (IST).