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Chances of Success Rating 6.0/10 (4th)

The question of whether young opening batter Smriti Mandhana would recover in time for the ICC Women’s World Cup was finally answered, with the left hander being included in the team for this year’s biggest tournament. Mandhana had been sidelined since January with a knee injury, and was in a race to be fit for the flight to England. She replaced all-rounder Devika Vaidya in the side, being the only change to the team that played a Quadrangular tournament in South Africa.

The squad:

The team is led by legendary batter Mithali Raj. Raj was retained as captain of the ODI team in October last year, when Harmanpreet Kaur was named T20 captain. The move to split the captaincy pointed to a succession plan, and it will not be surprising if Harmanpreet takes over ODI captaincy as well after this tournament.

All together, India's 15 players have 651 ODI games of experience under their belt. However, this figure is offset by Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswa…