‘This team is about dominance rather than just competing’ – Ramesh Powar

Young "fearless" players and a multi-faceted attack will be India's key weapons at the T20 World Cup next month, according to coach Ramesh Powar. Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of T20I of India, echoed Powar's thoughts.

Harmanpreet will lead India in a world tournament for the first time full time. She was one of the star members of the squad that made it to the World Cup final with more than 50 players last year, only to collapse under pressure in the final, when victory seemed imminent.

"Fortunately, the youth are very intrepid, so I hope the whole perception of pressure changes for them," Powar said when he recalled that match at the press conference prior to the Mumbai outing.

"Our strength is the bowling game, the day we have three or more four bowlers who play well, like Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Deepti Sharma and Anuja Patil … Of the five, yes three work, I think things can go well, in batting, we have experience and a young player like Jemimah. [Rodrigues] I think we are well placed

"There are youngsters [in the side] who will react differently now to the Pressure. This team has more to do with the domain than with the competition. They seek to dominate everything, every situation. That's where the pressure will be. We have prepared for that. "

Harmanpreet, who took the reins on the T20I side of Mithali Raj after India failed to land the knockouts of the 2016 T20 World Cup at home, said that India is better prepared to close tight matches now than that they had been last year.

"We were trying to give everyone a chance," said Harmanpreet. "So before the T20 World Cup everyone spent a lot of time on the field. Almost everyone had the opportunity. We are ready to think who is ready for an opportunity in the first XI or not, we can plan accordingly.

"We had not played in a World Cup final before last year, except Mithali di and Jhulu di [Jhulan Goswami]but now we have [that experience]. to better manage our nerves would have been good, but we have learned from our mistakes and I hope we do not, repeat the mistakes we made last time and if we have another chance [to play a final] ".

In the eight months before the T20 World Cup, India has not asserted its dominance in multi-team tournaments. In March, they could not qualify for the final of a triple T20I series at home, which also featured Australia and England. Three months later, there was a major shake-up in the Asian Cup, where they handed over the title to Bangladesh, who beat India twice in the tournament, including the final.

A dispute between former head coach Tushar Arothe and some of the most prominent players led Powar to take over as full-time head coach in July. Since then he has only had eight international matches (three ODI and five T20I in a series away from home in Sri Lanka that India won 2-1 and 4-0 respectively) and an unofficial series of three T20I matches in Mumbai against Australia A for not only familiarize himself with the players, but also assess his strengths and weaknesses.

The team also had to deal with the last-minute cancellation of a bilateral T20I series against the host of the West Indies, which would serve as a general rehearsal for the T20 World Cup, and the displacement of the tournament's preparatory camp in Mumbai, from the Wankhede Stadium to the Brabourne Stadium, with additional networks in the BKC field.

The limited time he has had, Powar has tried several ideas and combinations.

"In the last eight games, we have changed many things," Powar said. "We put Taniya [Bhatia, the wicketkeeper-batsman] under pressure to play his punches in the Powerplay, we put Jemimah under pressure, we tried to replicate these things that are important in pressure situations, we played with a single stitcher and put the spinners under pressure. We try to expose them to the situation, let them go through that and come out winners, that's how we learn.

"As a coach, I do not think they're going to be under pressure on that. Situation [at the World T20] – I mean the reaction. "We tried for the last eight games to put them under pressure, whether it's the pressure of hitting the Powerplay or the pressure of chasing a total."

Staying true to his frank attitude, Powar admitted that the task of building "a team from scratch" in such a short time had not been easy, especially in light of the growing profile of the women's team and the greater interest of the media. around it.

"To be very honest, it was not like that, a pleasant situation," Powar said. "Again, I come from Mumbai, I've faced those situations for the past 15 years.

" When you have to form a team from scratch … is a matter of realizing their potential, make them understand what is the main cause. I was surprised to see that they realized so soon. I thought it would take some time, but within a few days they understood what I was talking about [about]. it was a challenge, but it was good. "

While the tracks in the Caribbean – India plays all of their league games in Guyana, and during the day, is likely to favor the turnaround, Powar ignored concerns about the lack Spearhead in the attack of the fast bowling, with Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey, the two experienced pacemakers, missing from the squadron.

"Look, we are not here to create leaders; we are here to make players who win games, "he said. It's as simple as that. We are not going to focus on one player. We are a unit in which any player among the 15 players can win games.

"We are trying to create a culture in which each player feels that he can be the winner of the game, we have not chosen anyone, as the batting department leader or the bowling attack, that has been our attitude so far "

In what will be the first independent T20 Women's World Cup in India, which was last classified for the tournament playoffs in the 2010 edition. They are grouped in Group B along with Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand and Ireland . This will be the first tour of India to the West Indies since March 2012, and they will begin their campaign on November 9 against New Zealand.

source:- espncricinfo.com

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