“We are looking for consistency, we are looking to (build) a winning habit. For that, we all came together as captain, coach and vice-captain. We already spoke to BCCI and VVS Laxman There are other things going on in cricket (in the NCA),” Powar said in a pre-departure virtual press conference.
Powar elaborated on his vision and plans for the Indian team in this new cycle of the ICC Women’s Championship. “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. Going forward, we want to win the World Cup, but It’s important that you build a team that can compete in every situation and against every opponent. That’s what we’re working on.”
“When you move into a transition period, you need to give opportunities to the young players to cement their place and for that, as support staff, we can help them through the NCA or through skill coaches. We try to extend our support to win every situation.
Powar felt that the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka would be ideal for young players to extend their hand and be a regular in the team in future. “At the moment, we are trying to assess where we stand as a team and where we need to be to beat all the teams in an ICC tournament or series we play. So, it is important to assess That’s where we stand. This Sri Lanka tour will give us a chance to challenge some of the players.”
“We are trying to plan our next eight months according to the conditions that we will face going forward. It is a planning phase right now and will execute those plans as we go ahead with the series and tournament.”
All-rounder Sneh Rana is missing in India’s ODI and T20 team. Powar clarified that in view of the workload of the players, they have been rested from the tour of Sri Lanka.
“She has been rested for this series. She is in the NCA and working on her fitness. Going forward, in FTP we have around 22-25 T20I games and a few ODI series. We want that Let our players stay fresh for those series and try to manage the workload of the batting unit along with bowling, we are trying to balance that.”
Asked about India’s fast bowling stock and the future of veteran Jhulan Goswami as well as Shikha Pandey, Powar said, “As far as fast bowling is concerned, we have introduced Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh from the Australia tour. We have introduced a few. There are bowlers in the system too. It will take a while to see results as they had to address fitness issues, match experiences.”
“As far as Jhulan and Shikha are concerned, they have done a great job over the years. BCCI and selectors can update about their fitness and everything. At present Shikha and Jhulan are not traveling with us. We have four fast bowlers. Pooja Vastrakar has been an excellent bowler for the last six months. You will see Pooja come out of this in the last six months and going forward, she will step up the bowling attack to improve.”
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