“Our batting has to be up if we’re aiming for the World Cup,” says the India Women head coach
“Sneh Rana is the find of this series,” Powar told the BCCI website. “The way she was bowling in the practice sessions in Southampton [India’s base prior to the start of the tour], we thought we should give her a chance. It was a difficult decision to play two offspinners [Deepti Sharma is the other], but she has played her role to the core.
“I am really happy for her. Being an offspinner myself, I can see the talent. She is someone who can play in crunch situations, and that is what we need right now. When the big tournaments and the big series come up, we need players of calibre, who can take pressure.”
“The fielding improved immensely; the bowling improved immensely. Our batting has to be up if we’re aiming for the World Cup”
“She deserves every praising word out there,” Powar said. “She has been a fantastic servant of the game for 22 years. She is a role model for a lot of girls; she single-handedly won us the game [third ODI].”
The next few months are going to be crucial for India’s preparations for the 50-over World Cup next year in New Zealand. The England tour would be followed by a multi-format tour of Australia. Then, India play Australia and New Zealand in a tri-series before the marquee tournament, where India finished runners-up in 2017.
For India to go one step better, the batters must come to the party. Raj aside, no Indian batter managed a half-century in the ODI series, and there have been concerns about the form of some of the batters, T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues among them. “We have to learn a lot many things from this series,” Powar said. “The fielding improved immensely; the bowling improved immensely. Our batting has to be up if we’re aiming for the World Cup.”