India women’s skipper Shantha Rangswamy has said that opening player Smriti Mandhana is the perfect candidate to lead the Indian Team after current ODI and Test captain Mithali Raj retires from the game. Raj will be leading the team in the 50-over World Cup to be played in New Zealand in March and April 2022 and this could her last assignment.
Raj has captained the team since 2004 and has a terrific win percentage. India has won 60.71 per cent of games across formats under her leadership. She has captained the side in 143 games and the team has won 85, lost 55 and three games had no results.
She has also led the team in the 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017 ODI World Cups. The Women In Blue have played two finals in 2005 and 2017 and lost to Australia and England respectively.
Smriti Mandhana The Right Choice After Mithali Raj: Shantha Rangaswamy
“Smriti is the ideal choice after Mithali retires. She has been an excellent performer for India and should be given the opportunity to lead the country,” Shantha, who led India to their first-ever Test win back in 1976, told PTI.