Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Achieved fast bowling goals that we set after UK tour - Ramesh Powar. Ramesh Powar is impressed with the performance of the Indian seamers
Ramesh Powar is impressed with the performance of the Indian seamers
India women's head coach Ramesh Powar reckoned the team achieved the fast bowling goals it set out to achieve after the tour of UK, even as his side lost a hard-fought series in Australia.
Early September when India were about to embark on their full tour Down Under, all the focus revolved around the historic Pink-ball Test. But both Mithali Raj and Powar reiterated the need and intention to keep their focus trained on the ODI set up and finding solid bench strength and pace options in the build-up to next year's showpiece event. A month on, Powar felt the target of finding a seam attack to play around veteran Jhulan Goswami had been achieved.
“After coming back from the UK tour, we set some goals and I think those goals were achieved. I think we were looking at the seamers' attack to support Jhulan, which we were struggling with in England,” Powar said.
Powar's thinking comes from the fact that India, despite losing five out of the six limited-overs games, have largely bowled impressively.
“I think the way Meghna [Singh] bowled, the way Pooja Vastrakar bowled, the way Renuka [Singh] bowled, I think that was the objective – to find a pace battery that we can invest in and we can carry on with those players into the World Cup.
Powar admitted India will soon be on the cusp of a big transition with two of their stalwarts – Mithali Raj and Goswami – bowing out. So, irrespective of results, Powar felt the two tours had been a great learning curve for the newer players like Renuka Singh and Meghna Singh.
“We stand at a juncture where Mithali and Jhulan are going to fade away at some point. So getting England tour and Australia tour mainly for young cricketers like Renuka, Meghana…be it Jemimah, it makes a huge difference, because you will be tested against the best and you can show your skill here and you can go forward and build your career.
“We wanted to test our players and this was the best opportunity. The England, and mainly the Australia tour,” Powar added.