India Women’s Team Coach Ramesh Powar has defended the selection of the 18-man walk for the ODI Women’s World Cup in March-April.
Asked about the failure of fastball player Shikha Pandey and batsman Jemimah Rodrigues, Powar stated that the players were selected based on their current performance and consistency. “Every player who hasn’t made the cut knows why they didn’t choose. The communication of the captain, the coach and the selectors is not a temporary communication … for the last six months, I’ve been very clear about them. Roles. I said what was expected of them. , and if you don’t act, you don’t have a chance, ”Powar said in a virtual press conference on Sunday. He was accompanied by ODI and Test Captain Mithali Raj.
“The five selectors, the captain and the coach have discussed all the players. We have come out with 18 players who dominate the New Zealand series and the World Cup. You can’t choose all of them. There are only 15 seats and three standby. We were looking for them. Meghna Singh and Renuka Singh Both units were doing well, with Smriti (Mandhana), Mithali (Raj) and Yastika (Bhatia) being consistent, “added Powar.
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India were runners-up in the last 50 World Cups in 2017, and England won an exciting final at the Lord’s. The Mithali Raj-led side will renew their ODI world title in March 6 in New Zealand. India’s move to the finals sparked a lot of interest in the country, and Mithali said, “The progress of women’s cricket over the next four years has been good. The level of domestic cricket has improved dramatically. ) have also had the opportunity to participate in leagues, which shows before the event (World Cup) “.
India Women will play five ODIs against New Zealand before the World Cup, and Powar believes this will help the team “adapt to the conditions. We have tried to fill all the gaps and we are happy with where we are now. It will be the focus.
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This year, India took on South Africa before playing a three-match series for five ODIs in England and Australia. India lost all three sets, but ended Australia’s 26-match winning streak in the third ODI. India, which previously struggled to send out more than 250 scores regularly, did so twice in the Australian series and scored 265 in the last ODI. Asked if the team could break the 250 mark in the ODI in a more consistent way, Mithali said: “First of all, if you look at the 2017 World Cup, every time we scored 250-280, it was usually a top level. the rest revolve around him.One of the top three has to take on the responsibility of long hitting.We also need a pair or two of 50 in the middle order … to get the 250. The middle or low-middle order rarely gets the most out of the race. As a batsman, we all need to play our part. “
Mithalik also said that too much importance is given to strike rates. “I think it’s a game played according to cricket situations. Yes, we have to keep in mind that we have to have a decent strike rate, but in the end it’s the evolution of the bat unit. When we have to score. 250-270, we have to have a healthy strike rate. but having said that, we are not fully focused on the strike rate, it is important to play an entry to win and create partnerships.
“I wanted to know if you can only follow the strike rates of Indian players or players from other teams. [you], Australia [ODI] the same series, the game won by Australia, crucial, if you look at Beth Mooney, who scored 50 in 80 odd balls, but played an inning that won the game for the team. Sometimes you just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. There will always be areas to deal with, there is no perfect team. ”