CWG 2022: ‘We are an evolving team’, says Indian women’s cricket team coach Ramesh Powar
CWG 2022: “We are an evolving team,” said Indian women’s cricket side’s head coach Ramesh Powar, hinting that different combinations could be seen in the coming matches at the Commonwealth Games.
India defeated Barbados by a score of 100 runs to go to the Birmingham Games semifinals.
Having been moved up to number three, Jemimah Rodrigues contributed a crucial 56-run knock.
“We are an evolving team and processes and plans will change. Also we are trying to get the best out of them,” Powar said on the eve of India’s semifinal against England.
“We felt Jemi is ready for this as she has been playing in England for a while. Also we thought we will take a chance on her,” he added.
Taniya Bhatia has also been added by India in place of Yastika Bhatia, who recently played against Sri Lanka in the playing XI.
“When you come into a marquee event, you are ready with the players and all 15 are available. It’s not a bilateral where you are trying out a player and see what she can do it. It is a marquee event and we want to use whatever we have in our arsenal.
“We felt Taniya could be a game changer as far as wicket-keeping is concerned as we are playing with quality bowlers. And she has been very good and I think keeping aspect becomes different when we pick her,” said Powar.
India one victory away from securing a medal, and Powar claimed that the women motivated by Murali Sreeshankar’s silver-medal-winning performance in the long jump.
“It gave us goose-bumps. We were watching our long jumper win silver, that boy was trying so hard. Our job is to go out there and try as hard as he did. He was an inspiration to us,” he added.
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