The Commonwealth Games for the first time are set to feature women’s cricket as a sport, after the ICC and ECB lobbied successfully for its inclusion

Starting July 28, the Indian women’s team will play in the CWG against seven other teams split into two groups

Indian womens team

India’s group will feature Australia, Pakistan and Barbados, while the other group features England, New Zealand, South Africa and Sri Lanka.The

India’s women face Australia on July 29, with all their hopes resting on the Harmanpreet Kaur led team and its stars

26-year-old Mandhana is one of India’s exemplary batters, sealing the opening spot in the squad. She is also the second-fastest Indian woman to reach 2,000 T20 runs after Mithali Raj

Captain extraordinaire, Kaur is the leader of a talented Indian team that is aiming for the top spot. The 33-year-old all rounder is very capable of changing the game on her own

At just 18 years old, Verma is an explosive talent who showcased her full capabilities in the recent Sri Lanka ODI series, finishing as the highest run scorer with 155 runs at an average of 77.5.

A brilliant all-rounder, Vastrakar is just 22 years old, and is known for combining her right-arm medium-fast bowling and her scintillating batting skills to devastating effect

A vital presence in India’s middle order, Rodrigues is crucial to Team India's success at the Games.