India Women’s Cricket Team Coach Ramesh Powar said an “ideological shift” was needed for the team to transform into a “fearless unit” in white ball matches as he was reflecting on back-to-back defeats against England.
The Indian women lost the WODI and WT20I series, which ended Wednesday, by identical 1-2 margins and Coach Powar called for a change of mind or new mid-order hitters who can be “trained” according to the team philosophy.
Apart from skipper Mithali Raj, whose strike rate is not the most impressive either, others like Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Taniya Bhatia and Punam Raut have struggled.
“Mithali hits well, but we need the support of at least one more hitter to put pressure on the opponents in the middle range after the Powerplays,” Powar said at the end of the series.
However, he believes that ideological change takes time and cannot happen overnight.
“We have to be fearless. I can’t force them in the first set. They have played with a certain ideology and we cannot make any drastic changes. We have to assess what is right for them, ”said the former Indian off-wire.
“To get them out (currently slow batting in the intermediaries) (we have to) convince them and for that, you need a lot of communication. Fearless is how modern cricket will be played.
Powar admitted that the casting efforts have not worked so far.
“There are two ways. Either cast them (current lot) or draft them in other mid-order players to increase the stake. Simple as that, ”Powar was ready to read the riot act.
“This time we tried a few combinations and it didn’t work and in the future we could try something new, bring in new players, shape them.”
Powar has indicated that until the 50th World Cup in New Zealand he will try to be content with available resources. Although he did not name anyone but seemed disappointed that with the exception of Jhulan Goswami, no other rhythm thrower was chosen.
“Until the World Cup we have to find a way to get a middle order where we can say they can surely get us 250. It depends on all stakeholders. The captain, the vice-captain, the coaches and I will discuss these things.
“We need to improve the fast bowling department,” he added, saying, “We only look at Jhulan to play. There must be some support for her.
The coach is happy that Harmanpreet Kaur, in the last two T20 games, has been in his elements.
“Everyone likes it. His scoring races matter to everyone. The way she hit, we can see that flair and in the future we’ll see a different Harmanpreet.
“The last two runs she looked like old Harman. She will now play The Hundred and have some playing time and that’s what we love as a team. Playing time. This is where England were ahead and where we missed them.
“They played national cricket and we didn’t have too many practice matches.