Indian Women’s Team Head Coach Ramesh Powar is impressed with her training and bowling, but says the team will need to sort out their batting issues if they are to win next year’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand.
Skipper Mithali Raj was the only bright spot in a lackluster batting performance for the Indian women’s team as they lost the ODI three-game streak to hosts England 1-2.
“I think the bowlers got us back into the game. We have to learn a lot from this series. I think the roster has improved tremendously, the bowling has improved tremendously, the stick has to be in place if we are going for the World Cup, ”said Powar in a video posted by BCCI on his Twitter account.
Mithali smashed three half centuries in all three ODIs and became the top female cricketer of all formats while guiding India to a four-wicket consolation victory over England in the third and final ODI here on Saturday.
“I think she deserves every word of praise out there,” said Powar of the Indian skipper, who completed 75 undefeated balls of 86 in a successful 220 chase.
“She’s been a fantastic servant to the game. 22 years of cricket and I think she’s a role model for a lot of our girls. She made us win the game on her own. Pursuing 220 on a low rebound track, she got us across the line.
The 43-year-old from Mumbai was also impressed with Sneh Rana, who made a 24-of-22 and took a wicket in the third ODI, having returned to the format after seven years.
“Sneh Rana is a find in this series. The way she was bowling at Southampton during the training session, we thought we should give her a chance. It was a tough decision to play two second-sons, but she played her part to the full, ”said Powar.
Rana had also scored half a century on her Test debut to help India draw England.
“I’m really happy for her, being a cross-spinner, I can see the talent, she’s a player who can play in critical situations and that’s what we needed right now, when the big tournaments or the big playoffs are coming, we need caliber players who can handle the pressure, ”said Powar.
Powar also praised veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami.
“I think Jhulan Goswami is one of the legends of women’s cricket and her ethics, her preparations, her commitment to the team, her commitment to the locker room and her commitment to the young players, it makes a huge difference for us in as a team. “
India will next face England in a three-game T20I series starting in Northampton on Friday.