India coach Ramesh Powar sees Smriti Mandhana as the ‘leader for the future’
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Mon Oct 11 2021
India coach Ramesh Powar is looking at Smriti Mandhana as the ‘leader for the front’, perhaps calling on India to “call on some future roles to guide” after the 50-over World Cup in March-April. When they do, Smriti is likely to become the top deserving leader.
Head coach Ramesh Powar insisted that talks will have to be held “at some stage” after this arrangement is where India will be gunning for their maiden World Cup title.
As things stand, Mithali Raj takes over the captaincy in the longer formats while Harmanpreet Kaur continues to be the T20I captain.
“Look, at some point, we will have to play some future roles for leadership,” The Indian coach Ramesh Power said after the third T20 International against Australia on Sunday. “There’s some conversation around it. We’ll take it after the World Cup, and we’ll decide what [should happen]. We’re not going to rush it, we’ll give it a good idea, and then we’ll decide that.” What are you saying.”
“It makes a huge impact on the younger generation because she is a huge encouragement to the players on our current team, and it makes a huge difference to all of us.”
“We are looking up to her (Mandhana) as a leader as always.” “She has been the vice-captain and at some point, she will guide this side. I don’t know the format yet, BCCI, the selectors, and I together will decide the next course of action.”
Seniority has also brought little change in his main role -batting. Whereas Mandhana’s power game and ability to give quick starts have changed in recent years.
The coaching staff has been obsessed with the need for him to hold the crease and bat long, as he did in the second ODI, where they handled the innings together. Make 86. The emergence of a dasher in Mandhana’s opening partner Shafali Verma might have helped in this transformation to some extent.
When asked about the captaincy change after the World Cup, Powar clarified, “She has been very suggestive in her batting for the last two-three years.” “Let’s not make it spicy. If you’ve seen her batting, she’s trying to spend a lot of time in the middle, that’s one strategy. It’s just a change of role for her.”
The Indian coach Ramesh Powar’s vehement approval for Smriti Mandhana’s credentials exemplifies that of former head coach WV Raman. The former India batsman, who took charge of the team till March this year, is confident that the 25-year-old is now ready to enter her eighth year in international cricket.
“The captain has nothing to do with age, but I believe Mandhana can be the captain [after the 50-over World Cup],”Raman said during a virtual interaction concluded by Sony Sports India last week.
“She is a good reader of the game and her played cricket for a few years already. It can be a good time and giving the captaincy to a young cricketer means they can guide the team for a few years.”
Has scored consistently in the multi-format series, hitting a chart-topping tally of 352 runs in seven innings. The left-handed batsman, who has been a stand-in for Harmanpreet in T20Is in the past, hit high notes at the time of the pink-ball Test, where she scored 127, India’s maiden Test ton, India’s first day Was. Night Test.
Powar said, “Smriti has been doing consistently well for us. A patch will come where one player will not score runs, but as a unit, as a core team, we support our players like Mandhana.’
“We knew she would do well on this tour. She’s a demeanor that, if challenged, will turn out well. We never thought of anything, we just wanted her to spend some time in between and do what she did.
“The way she batted in [the] Test match, it was amazing, which we are all very proud of. Playing the pink-ball Test at lights for the first time since losing the toss for a wicket, she scored a century.
This youngster makes a huge impact on the generation because she drives so much of our current team players, and it makes a huge difference to all of us.”
SmritiMandhana will extend her stay in Australia along with seven other Indian team-mates after agreeing with defending champion Sydney Thunder for the WBBL, she (the) plays a hundred, she gets a lot of playing time and that makes a big difference because we don’t get that many matches in India.”