India women are scheduled to take on Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I and ODI series
File photo of Indian women’s team in 2017 World Cup. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Indian cricketing legend Mithali Raj retired from cricket in June
- India badly tanked in the women’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand
- Fans have demanded a new look modern white-ball team from India
India women are scheduled to take on Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I and ODI series starting June 23. The team is under the leadership of Harmanpreet Kaur who has taken over the Indian cricketing legend Mithali Raj, who retired earlier in the month of June.
India badly tanked in the ODI World Cup under the leadership of Mithali Raj failing to put up performances of quality. At the time, Indian fans demanded a new direction, one that was closer to the modern demands of white-ball cricket.
Speaking ahead of the series in a press conference, Ramesh Powar stated that the team was looking for some consistency and getting into the winning habit.
“We are looking for some consistency, we are looking at a winning habit. For that, we all came together as captain, coach, and vice-captain. We have already spoken to the BCCI, and VVS Laxman, who is the head of cricket and there have been a few things going on,” Powar said.
The coach further emphasized that India needed to work on their fielding and needed to bring the overall fitness standards.
“We are trying to work on our fielding and fitness and take our players to the next level. That is the immediate goal that we are trying to achieve. We want to win World Cups, but it is important that you build a squad which can compete in every condition and against every opposition,” Powar said.
India have big shoes to fill in the absence of the legendary Mithali Raj who had served the national team for a long, long time. Mithali, at the time of her retirement, was without a shadow of a doubt one of the greatest exponents of Indian cricket and had an irreplaceable legacy in the women’s game.