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Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Virat Kohli Is Under A Lot Of Pressure Himself As Expectations From Him Are Huge: WV Raman

Virat Kohli hasn’t had the best time with the bat in India’s ongoing tour of England. In three Tests, the skipper has only scored 124 runs at an average of 24.80, which is much lower than the bar he’s set at the biggest stage. And his team’s heavy defeat in the third Test at Headingley has only made things worse. However, WV Raman has suggested a solution to his problems.

Virat Kohli was caught behind in all five innings that he batted in the series so far. He got out twice each to pacers James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, and once to pace all-rounder Sam Curran. Fellow England skipper Joe Root, on the other hand, has amassed 507 runs at a Bradmanesque average of 126.75.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]

Virat Kohli Is Under A Lot Of Pressure: WV Raman

While speaking during an interaction arranged by Sony, the former India cricketer stated Virat Kohli is under pressure himself and that people “pay a lot of attention to everything he does.”

“See we cannot really fault him. What can generally be the norm in life and other spheres might not apply in cricket always. I mean, what has happened is, there is a lot of pressure on Virat himself. We pay a lot of attention to everything he does. We know he is one of the best batsmen so we expect a lot from him. It’s similar to how it was with Sachin Tendulkar when he was playing. Even 95 was considered a failure,” WV Raman said.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

He then went on to give a piece of advice to Virat Kohli; saying that he should just “nudge the others from begins” and “lead from behind.”

“If I was Virat’s coach, I would tell him: “Virat, enough of this leading from the front. Just try and nudge the others from behind and get them to do what they can deliver. I’m sure you’ll be back at your best in no time”.

“He did show shades of his old game/fluency in the last innings. I’m sure he will definitely do well in the next two Test matches. As a leader, I’ll tell him, you need to discard and forget this thing of leading from the front. Nudge others and lead from behind,” explained WV Raman.

England leveled the five-match series 1-1 after romping to an innings and 76 runs win. The fourth Test will be played at the Kennington Oval, starting Thursday.

Virat Kohli Had A Poor Series In The 2014 England Tour Too

Virat Kohli has scored just 124 runs at a lowly average of 24.80 in the five innings he has played so far. The 55 runs he scored in his last knock is his only half-century of the series to date. Across formats, the India skipper hasn’t scored a century since November 2019 and has also slipped to the 5th spot in the ICC Test rankings as a batsman.

Stuart Broad celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli during the 2014 series. Pic: Getty Images
Stuart Broad celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli during the 2014 series. Pic: Getty Images

In the 2014 England tour, the Indian skipper had a horrific series where he ended up scoring only 134 runs from four Tests. He averaged only 13, with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, and 20. Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018.

T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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India Well Placed To Win Forthcoming 2021 T20I World Cup, Says WV Raman

WV Raman, former Indian Women’s coach has claimed that Team India under Virat Kohli is well placed to win the upcoming T20I World Cup 2021. India last won an ICC event way back in 2013 when they beat England to be crowned as the Champions Trophy 2013 winners under talismanic skipper MS Dhoni, the only skipper to win all 3 ICC trophies.

India’s best chance to break that trophy drought this year will come in the form of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

WV Raman: Virat Kohli-led India Shouldn’t Be Complacent

With a strong and established mixture of youngsters and seniors in the squad, Virat Kohli has a great opportunity to lead the side to success. However, they need to be wary of complacency while facing the ‘weaker sides’ in the tournament, according to WV Raman.

“It’s not so much pressure as it could be complacency. Complacency may not be the reason every time. But most importantly, if a very powerful and popular side is up against a side that is seen as inexperienced and weak, there is the danger of always being caught unawares by a team of unknown.

“Because, if you have a side where you know about each and every player, the opponents can plan and try and see how they can counter the best players in the opposition side,” the 56-year-old WV Raman said.

The T20 World Cup will be held from October 17 starting with the qualifiers in Oman. Alongside England and West Indies, the Men in Blue go into the tournament as firm favorites. But the nature of the format doesn’t guarantee anything, as stated by WV Raman.

Taking the example of tennis legend Novak Djokovic, WV Raman said: “T20 is a format where no one is sure what would happen. Everything can change in just one over. That is the beauty of sport. You look at World No. 1 Djokovic, who could not win the bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics He was in great form in tennis this year.”

Virat Kohli T20 World Cup
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

“This happens in top-level sport. Generally, we cannot predict what happens in cricket, and more so in T20 cricket. Who wins, whether Kohli wins, it is different. If you look at his captaincy record, he has a very good success record. India is well placed to win the T20 World Cup,” WV Raman said.

The World Cup will be held right after the completion of the 2nd phase of the IPL 2021. Both the mega-events are set to take place in the United Arab Emirates in the September-November window.

West Indies Are The Defending Champions Of T20I World Cup

T20 World Cup 2021 is set to start from October 17 in the UAE, with the final for the 16-team tournament scheduled for November 14. T20 World Cup 2021 will start a few days after the IPL final, which is likely to be held on October 15. The remainder of IPL 2021 will also be played in the UAE, starting September 19.

According to the current plan, the first round of the T20 World Cup 2021 will be split across two groups and played in the UAE and Oman. Round 1, which will include 12 matches, will comprise eight teams from which four (top two from each group) would qualify for the Super 12s.
Chris Gayle PTI
Chris Gayle PTI
Four teams from this lot of eight – Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Namibia, Oman, Papua New Guinea – will then progress to the Super 12s, joining the top eight ranked T20I teams. The Super 12s phase, which will comprise 30 matches, is scheduled to start from October 24.
The Super 12s, where teams will be split across two groups of six each, will be played at three venues in the UAE – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah which will be followed by three playoff games – the two semi-finals and the final.
The T20 World Cup which was scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18, 2020, was postponed in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making way for the cash-rich IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates. The T20 World Cup in 2021 will be the seventh edition of the tournament and the first since 2016.
West Indies, the defending champions of the T20I World Cup in 2016, is the favourite and frontrunner to win again with consistent big-hitting performers like Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell in the team.
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Rahul Dravid Taking Over As Full Time Coach Is Likely To Happen: WV Raman

WV Raman, a former Indian batsman said it is perhaps a matter of time before Rahul Dravid takes over as the full-time coach. Speculations are rife that Rahul Dravid will take over as India’s head coach when Ravi Shastri’s tenure comes to an end at the end of the T20 World Cup slated in the UAE later this year.

Reports of Rahul Dravid being the head coach of a young Indian side minus the top experienced stars set to tour Sri Lanka started doing the rounds before the confirmation from the BCCI came a month before the Sri Lanka series. Full-time head coach Ravi Shastri’s future was now being looked at through a prism of doubt.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

Rahul Dravid Was Reluctant To Be India Team’s Coach For Travel Duties

Under Ravi Shastri’s tenure, an ICC trophy may have eluded India so far, but the Virat Kohli-led Indian side has reached stratospheric heights in all three formats. Ravi Shastri was not even confirmed as the Indian side’s head coach when Rahul Dravid agreed to coach the India A and U-19 sides back in June 2015. In fact, the MS Dhoni-led Team India did not have a designated head coach after Duncan Fletcher had parted ways post India’s semifinal exit in the 2015 World Cup.

Rahul Dravid was the first choice of the BCCI advisory committee (now defunct) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman to replace Duncan Fletcher but ‘The Wall’ Rahul Dravid was reluctant because of the travel duties that the job would bring.

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Till then, Ravi Shastri had had a couple of stints as a Technical Director with the Indian side. Former captain Anil Kumble was suddenly named full-time head coach of the side only to be replaced by Ravi Shastri after India’s loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final in 2017. Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid had started to reform the junior cricket structure. His name again cropped up when Anil Kumble quit as coach.

Sourav Ganguly had in fact announced that Rahul Dravid will be working as a batting consultant along with newly-appointed head coach Ravi Shastri which didn’t happen due to BCCI regulations which give full freedom to the head coach to select his own support staff. Ravi Shastri went ahead with Bharat Arun as bowling coach and Sanjay Bangar was retained as the batting consultant.

Under Rahul Dravid, India even went on to lift the U19 World Cup in 2018 while Ravi Shastri did a fantastic job with two series wins in Australia under his belt. It was only recently – with the Sri Lanka tour and BCCI’s decision to prepare two separate Indian teams to minimize travel – that the debate once again started gaining steam.

WV Raman: Rahul Dravid Will Be The Coach When He’s Ready To Travel

WV Raman said it is perhaps a matter of time before Rahul Dravid takes over as the full-time coach.

“I won’t want to talk about the time frame but that (Dravid taking over as full-time head coach) is likely to happen, maybe sometime in future. I can’t be indulging in crystal ball glazing and say when it will happen but it will happen whenever Dravid is ready. In fact, there has been a lot of talk going around for the last four-five years. It’ll happen when he feels he’s ready to take the travel,” said WV Raman, the former India women’s head coach.

WV Raman, who will be a part of the Tamil commentary team for the India-Sri Lanka series, said Rahul Dravid can work and mould the cricketers better if he gets a longer tenure rather than a month-long tour.

“He can make them aware of the talent they possess. And he can also help them utilize that talent towards achieving the optimum. He’s anyway worked with most of these youngsters for a period of three-four years.

“But if he’s there with them regularly for a period of say two years, it will be easier to make changes as both the players and he will stick together and chalk out a plan or a routine on how to go about things. So a lot depends on the tenure that a coach works with the players,” WV Raman added.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

The former left-hander WV Raman said the presence of Rahul Dravid in the dressing room will reassure the young cricketers whenever they go through a rough phase.

“The very presence of Rahul Dravid will give these cricketers reassurance because he’s a calm person by nature and he’s also one of those who believe that failures are part of a cricketer’s career.

“He can sit with them, make sure they don’t get dejected, which is very important because when a cricketer is doing well, the entire world will be behind him. It’s only when they are having a bad day that they need somebody to have a chat. Rahul Dravid is someone who is very good at it, he can pick the players up,” WV Raman added.

Rahul Dravid will start his journey as an India head coach on July 18 when India takes on Sri Lanka in the first ODI at Colombo.
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
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Shikhar Dhawan Needs To Be A Bit More Patient To Get His Consistency Back, Says WV Raman

WV Raman feels Shikhar Dhawan needs to bide his time to get his consistency back, while his opening partner Prithvi Shaw should look to make the Sri Lanka tour count by getting runs against an international team in the limited-overs format.

Prithvi Shaw lost his place in the national side after a poor show in the Test series against Australia, but since then he has scored runs aplenty in shorter formats to make a comeback into the national limited-overs side.

Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)

WV Raman: An Opportunity For Prithvi Shaw To Get Runs Against An International Side

Prithvi Shaw amassed 827 runs at the Vijay Hazare Trophy and followed that up by scoring 308 runs from 8 games for Delhi Capitals in this year’s IPL which was suspended due to the 2nd wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and bio bubble breach. Prithvi Shaw will get a chance to redeem himself in the upcoming India-Sri Lanka series starting with the first ODI on July 18.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

Former Indian player and Tamil Nadu star WV Raman feels the Sri Lanka trip will be a good chance for Prithvi Shaw to continue scoring runs as he has done in recent months.

“He is a quality player and this tour is an opportunity for him to gets runs against an international side,” WV Raman, who will be doing commentary during the series, told TOI on Friday.

Prithvi Shaw has earned a call-up into the white-ball squad following his excellent form in IPL 2021 (308 runs) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (827 runs). Prithvi Shaw’s scoring spree continued in the IPL 2021, which is currently suspended due to a rise of COVID-19 cases in India. The Delhi Capitals’ opener had scored 308 runs from 8 innings, at a staggering strike rate of 166.49 in IPL 2021.

WV Raman: Shikhar Dhawan Needs To Be A Bit More Patient And Ensure He Makes The Best Possible Use Of The Matches

Not only for Prithvi Shaw, but the tour is also crucial for his opening partner and skipper Shikhar Dhawan. With Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli looking set to open for India at the upcoming World T20, Shikhar Dhawan will be keen to stay in the mix by scoring runs in every given opportunity leading from the front as skipper.

“In case of Shikhar, it is a case of retaining his competitive edge, waiting and watching as to how things pan out. Unlike others, Shikhar needs to be a bit more patient and needs to try and ensure that he makes the best possible use of these matches and put the ball in the selectors’ court,” the former India opener mentioned.

The trip is significant for new coach Rahul Dravid as he will be making his ‘debut’ as head coach for the senior national side. Having managed India ‘A’ sides and U-19 teams before and also mentored numerous youngsters in the past, National Cricket Academy head Rahul Dravid, according to WV Raman, is the right man to take the national team forward in the future.

“It (Dravid becoming a full-time coach) is likely to happen. There is no saying as to when it will, but I will be surprised if it doesn’t happen sometime in the (near) future,” he said.
Shikhar Dhawan will lead India in the Sri Lanka tour. (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)
Shikhar Dhawan will lead India in the Sri Lanka tour. (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)

WV Raman feels former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, who labeled the Indian team for the Sri Lanka series as a second-string side, ought to have exercised caution while making such statements.

“Ranatunga has been an integral part of Sri Lanka’s success and well within his limits to express his disappointments in any which way about his own cricketing board and cricketing system. But he must probably be a bit choosy when he starts to describe a visiting team or the members of the visiting team,” WV Raman said.

Shikhar Dhawan has been in tremendous form during the now postponed IPL 2021, after getting dropped from the T20I side in the home England series preceding the IPL.

Opening for the Delhi Capitals, the left-hander scored 380 runs in 7 matches at 54.29, striking at 134.28, and was the leading run-scorer before the tournament got suspended. Shikhar Dhawan was the 2nd highest run-getter in IPL 2020 too with 618 runs in 17 games.

Stuart Broad celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli during the 2014 series. Pic: Getty Images
Stuart Broad celebrates dismissing Virat Kohli during the 2014 series. Pic: Getty Images
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Virat Kohli Struggled In The 2014 England Tour For Not Offering Full Face Of The Bat, Says WV Raman

WV Raman, a former India cricketer, and former women team’s coach is of the opinion that Virat Kohli struggled during the 2014 England tour because he was too keen on trying to get behind the line of the ball.

According to WV Raman, since Virat Kohli was so preoccupied with the technical aspect, he was actually not offering the full face of the bat.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

WV Raman: Virat Kohli Was Not Offering The Full Face Of The Bat In The 2014 England Tour

Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018.

Reflecting on what went wrong for Virat Kohli on his first Test tour of England, WV Raman told the Hindustan Times in an interview: “I think in 2014 he (Virat Kohli) was so keen to get right behind the line of the ball that his bat at times was struggling to get down on time. He was not offering the full face of the bat.”

“Sometimes when you are too keen to play it the correct way that you forget to relax. For example, beside the line, a player need not alter his technique completely to succeed in England. He needs to ensure that doesn’t play his shots far too early in the innings and pick his deliveries smartly,” said WV Raman.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

The 56-year-old added that players need to make subtle changes to their game to adapt to conditions.

WV Raman explained in this regard: “At this level, it is all about these subtle changes. When you are on a tour, it is very difficult to suddenly bat like someone else in a matter of two weeks. When you are used to playing a certain way for so many years, you need to maintain that and find ways to cope with difficult scenarios.”

Virat Kohli has been on two tours of England since he made his Test debut for India. In the first tour in 2014, he was all over the place, scoring just 134 runs from 10 innings, statistically the India captain’s worst in a three-Test series or more. However, four years later, Virat Kohli turned it around in style, scoring a mammoth 593 runs from five Tests, including two centuries and three fifties.

Virat Kohli Will Have Doubts About James Anderson When The Ball Is Moving: Irfan Pathan

According to former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan, Virat Kohli will definitely have his doubts when he comes up against James Anderson despite his success on the previous tour. James Anderson was Virat Kohli’s nemesis during the 2014 series as he constantly troubled him with nagging lines outside the off-stump.

Irfan Pathan wrote in his column for the Playfield Magazine: “You ask Virat Kohli, he will never worry about Mitchell Johnson bowling fast because he knows he can come in line, but he will always have doubts about James Anderson. No batsman in the world is comfortable when the ball is moving. The corridor of uncertainty, remember? It will remain open forever.”

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Virat Kohli will lead India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, followed by the five-match Test series against England.

The 38-year-old James Anderson, already England’s most successful Test bowler with 616 wickets — the most by any pacer in the format — has had the far more physically demanding task of leading the attack. James Anderson became England’s most-capped Test player when he played his 162nd Test in the 2nd Test vs New Zealand at Edgbaston.

World Test Championship, India
Cheteshwar Pujara[photo: Twitter]
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Cheteshwar Pujara Must Play More Shots, Virat Kohli Must Pick His Deliveries Smartly, Says WV Raman

WV Raman, former India women’s coach knows a thing or two about batting. In an interview with Hindustan Times, he spoke about the challenges that Indian batsmen will face in the England tour of 2021 which includes WTC Final and 5 Tests against the hosts, and the subtle technique they would need to make there.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

WV Raman: Cheteshwar Pujara Can Look At Perhaps Playing More Shots

He started by talking about Indian batsmen who are most likely to play in the WTC final — openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. In fact, he also passed on some valuable tips to the players.

“Rohit has played enough. He is vastly experienced. Shubman Gill despite being a youngster has got a lot of exposure of playing international cricket. There is no reason why they cannot do it in the WTC final.

“What is important in England is to take it moment by moment. There you can’t say you are totally set if you have batted for two hours because the weather can change suddenly. So, it is important to always take it one ball at a time.”

Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs at an average of 68.50 in five innings for India against Australia. The keeper continued his form against England where he hit 270 runs at an average of 54.00. His strike rate was 69.9 against Australia and 84.11 against England. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara, who is the backbone of Indian batting, has been facing a few problems with scoring.
Cheteshwar Pujara Picture Credit- Twitter.
Cheteshwar Pujara Picture Credit- Twitter.

“I think Cheteshwar perhaps can look at playing a few more shots. In England, you’ve got to make the best use of the scoring opportunities. Assuming this will again be a typical English summer, you will get very few scoring opportunities anyway.”

“Cheteshwar likes to grind for long hours and then score. In that period, he might miss out on some scoring opportunities. You can get away with that in India, Australia, where there is not much swing and seam.

“But both happen a lot in England. In Australia, you will have bounce, you might have a bit of seam but in England, you will have to cope with all three at times. It is important not to let the scoring opportunities go.”

He added, “I’m not trying to say that he has to play against his character. He keeps it very simple. If he picks a bowler and decides that he has to play him out then he can do that quite easily and he does that quite often. But if he just tries to score some runs even against the best bowler then that will keep the bowler on his toes,” WV Raman maintained.

“He suddenly has to think about saving runs too, it’s not only about bowling over after over to Pujara and testing his resilience. The equation then changes slightly. That was perhaps one of the biggest differences between the Indian batters and others when they played Shane Warne.

“The moment he dropped it slightly short or got his line wrong, our players were ready to punish him. That’s why he perhaps did not have as much success against India as he did against South Africa in England. He did not have mental domination over India,” WV Raman added.

Against Australia, in 2020-21, Cheteshwar Pujara scored 271 runs in 4 matches at an average of 33.87. As he played at a strike rate of 29.20, his intent was under heavy scrutiny.

WV Raman: Virat Kohli Should Ensure He Doesn’t Play His Shots Far Too Early In The Innings And Pick His Deliveries Smartly

WV Raman also gave an insight, as to what was wrong with Virat Kohli’s batting during the 2014 tour.

“I think in 2014 he was so keen to get right behind the line of the ball that his bat at times was struggling to get down on time. He was not offering the full face of the bat. Sometimes when you are too keen to play it the correct way that you forget to relax. For example, besides the line, a player need not alter his technique completely to succeed in England.”

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

“He needs to ensure that doesn’t play his shots far too early in the innings and pick his deliveries smartly. At this level, it is all about these subtle changes. When you are on a tour, it is very difficult to suddenly bat like someone else in a matter of two weeks. When you are used to playing a certain way for so many years, you need to maintain that and find ways to cope with difficult scenarios,” WV Raman concluded.

Virat Kohli has been on two tours of England since he made his Test debut for India. In the first tour in 2014, he was all over the place, scoring just 134 runs from 10 innings, statistically the India captain’s worst in a three-Test series or more. However, four years later, Virat Kohli turned it around in style, scoring a mammoth 593 runs from five Tests, including two centuries and three fifties.

Mithali Raj - Twitter
Mithali Raj - Twitter
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Mithali Raj Looking Forward To Working With Coach Ramesh Powar After 2018 T20 World Cup Spat

Mithali Raj is looking forward to working with Ramesh Powar on the upcoming England and Australia tours. India’s ODI and Test captain Mithali Raj has been with the team since 1999. The leadership role came to her in 2003 and since then she has led the team admirably guiding the youngsters and working with seniors.

During her 20-year long career, Mithali Raj has seen a lot of ups and downs in her glorious cricketing journey. The highs of being runners-up in the 2005 and 2017 World Cup and the lows of India’s 2018 exit in the ICC T20 World Cup. During the 2018 T20 World Cup semi-final match, the 36-year-old veteran was dropped from the team against England which India went onto lose.

Mithali Raj was controversially dropped from India squad | AP
Mithali Raj was controversially dropped from the India squad | AP

Mithali Raj Said The Past Is Gone And Hopes Newly-appointed Coach Ramesh Powar Will Come Up With Plans

The match is remembered for the Mithali Raj and Ramesh Powar spat which turned ugly when the two wrote individual letters to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials about what happened between the two. Few months went by, and Ramesh Powar lost his job to WV Raman.

Ramesh Powar. (TOI Photo)
Ramesh Powar. (TOI Photo)

Two years later the tide has turned and Ramesh Powar is again back as the head coach and Mithali Raj stated that she is looking forward to working with him ahead of India’s tour to England.

“The past is gone by. You cannot go back. I am sure he (Ramesh Powar) will come up with plans and we together will steer the ship,” Mithali told The Hindu. “We will work in tandem and build a very strong team for the future, especially with the World Cup scheduled next year.”

During WV Raman’s tenure, India managed to reach the finals of the T20 World Cup 2020. Ramesh Powar had represented India in 2 Tests and 31 ODIs. He had earlier served as the head coach of the Indian Women’s Team from July-November 2018. It was under his stint that the Indian eves qualified for the semi-final of the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup in 2018. Besides, they also won 14 T20I games in a row.

Mithali Raj: India Women Should Have Continuity In Playing Test Matches

India will start their all-format England tour on June 16 with a Test match, a format which they last featured in 2014 against the same opponents in Wormsely. Mithali loves the purest format and is excited to play after seven years.

Mithali Raj File Image (Twitter.com/@ICC)
Mithali Raj File Image (Twitter.com/@ICC)

“For all the youngsters in the team, and even for someone like me who played a Test match seven years ago, there is no baggage to carry. We have not played the format for such a long time and hence can play with an open mind,” said Mithali.

After their tour of England, India will travel Down Under to play a pink-ball Test against Australia. Mithali Raj stressed that the women’s team should get to play more Test matches going forward.

“It is good to see that this Test will be followed by a pink-ball Test in Australia later this year. My personal opinion is that we should have continuity in playing Test matches.”

The One-off Test against England kickstarts on June 16 in Bristol followed by a 3-match ODI series which starts from June 27. After the conclusion of the ODIs, the Indian eves will lock horns with the English hosts in a 3-match T20I rubber under the leadership of Harmanpreet Kaur.

India’s Senior Women squad for Test & ODI:

Mithali Raj (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Indrani Roy (wicket-keeper), Jhulan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav.

India’s Senior Women squad for T20I:

Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain) Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Shafali Verma, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Sneh Rana, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Indrani Roy (wicket-keeper), Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Simran Dil Bahadur.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter
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Sourav Ganguly Disappointed Over WV Raman’s Removal As Women Team’s Coach

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI President has expressed his disappointment and displeasure over the non-retention of WV Raman as the coach of the Indian women’s team. The row over WV Raman’s removal is refusing to die down in the echelons of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Information has surfaced now that authority as big as the BCCI president has raised the issue internally.

Cricbuzzhas reliably learned that Sourav Ganguly has formally expressed (through letters) reservation over the sacking of WV Raman, a former India batsman, who was not considered for the position by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which picked Ramesh Powar instead.

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sourav Ganguly Expressed Surprise On How WV Raman Hasn’t Been Retained Despite Guiding Women’s Team To Final Of T20 WC

Sourav Ganguly did not say anything on the selection of Ramesh Powar but he did, however, express surprise on how a coach, who had guided the team to the final of a global tournament, has not been retained.

It must be said that some senior members of the team have reportedly complained about WV Raman but the BCCI president, who himself was a member of the CAC at one time, has felt that the former India opener should have been persisted with. India had qualified for the final of the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in 2020, but the team had lost a home series against South Africa badly in March.

WV Raman has no grudges on being replaced by Ramesh Powar as women's team head coach. | Photo Credit: IANS
WV Raman has no grudges on being replaced by Ramesh Powar as women’s team head coach. | Photo Credit: IANS

Those involved in women’s cricket say Sourav Ganguly should respect the decision of the CAC (comprising Madan Lal, RP Singh, and Sulakshana Naik) and its functional autonomy.

“He should know this himself that the CAC is an independent body,” said a BCCI insider, conversant with women’s cricket.

WV Raman’s axing as the head coach came as a surprise to many as the CAC decided to reappoint Ramesh Powar despite his controversial fall-out with Mithali Raj. Ramesh Powar had a successful spell with the Indian women team before the allegations of ‘bias’ by Mithali Raj saw him being axed. It was under his stint that the Indian eves qualified for the semi-final of the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup in 2018. Besides, they also won 14 T20I games in a row.

Sourav Ganguly Agrees To What Selectors Have Decided On Women Contracts

Meanwhile, there has also been some disgruntlement inside the BCCI over the central contracts allotted to the women cricketers. The BCCI recently announced contracts for 19 players with three (Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, and Poonam Yadav) in the A grade, while Mithali Raj, the senior-most player, remained in Grade B, alongside the likes of Shafali Verma. This has led to some discontent in the BCCI but Sourav Ganguly said he was comfortable with the choices.

Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj pose ahead of Women's T20 Challenge 2020 BCCI
Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, and Mithali Raj pose ahead of Women’s T20 Challenge 2020 BCCI

“Selectors decide (contracts) and I am absolutely ok with what they have done,” the BCCI president told Cricbuzz.

He, however, has remained silent over the choice of the coach by the CAC. WV Raman had earlier replaced Ramesh Powar as the coach of the women’s team back in December 2018 after the latter experienced fallout with veteran player Mithali Raj.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter
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WV Raman Maintains Too Much Is Being Made Out Of His Exit As Indian Women’s Head Coach

WV Raman believes too much is being made out of his exit as the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team after he was replaced by Ramesh Powar recently.

Former Indian women’s team head coach WV Raman believes too many issues are being created out of his sacking. He was recently replaced by former Indian spinner Ramesh Powar after the BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee recommended the name of the former spinner for the head coach post.

However, WV Raman has no grudges for not being given an extension and wants the women players to focus on the upcoming tour of England.

WV Raman has no grudges on being replaced by Ramesh Powar as women's team head coach. | Photo Credit: IANS
WV Raman has no grudges on being replaced by Ramesh Powar as women’s team head coach. | Photo Credit: IANS

WV Raman Enjoyed Tenure With The Women Team And Insists Too Much Being Made Out Of His Exit

WV Raman had taken over as head coach of the women’s team from Ramesh Powar himself in December 2018 after the latter’s controversial exit. Ramesh Powar had a fallout with ODI and Test skipper Mithali Raj which saw his stint with the side come to an end. Under WV Raman, the women’s team produced some good performances and reached the final of the T20 World Cup last year.

However, he was ironically replaced by Ramesh Powar. Nonetheless, WV Raman said he enjoyed his stint with the team while wishing them well for the future.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my tenure with the girls. I think there is too much being made out of this exit bit. When I was a player there used to be a group of people selecting the side, sometimes they picked you, and sometimes they didn’t. I don’t really see why this has been going on for too long,” WV Raman was quoted as saying by India Today.

Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj pose ahead of Women's T20 Challenge 2020 BCCI
Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj pose ahead of Women’s T20 Challenge 2020 BCCI

“Yes, momentarily people could have spoken about it (BCCI replacing him with Romesh Powar). That means people have recognized some good things that happened during my tenure but that should end there,” he added.

WV Raman’s axing as the head coach came as a surprise to many as the CAC decided to reappoint Ramesh Powar despite his controversial fall-out with Mithali Raj and some other players. Ramesh Powar was sacked in 2018 despite T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana requesting the board to not sack the former spinner.

WV Raman And Ramesh Powar Had Done Well As Women Team’s Coach

WV Raman had done reasonably well as the coach of the team, taking them to the final of T20 World Cup 2020 but still, he was replaced by Ramesh Powar, leaving many experts baffled.  Even Ramesh Powar had a successful spell with the Indian women team before the allegations of ‘bias’ by Mithali Raj saw him being axed.

The women’s ODI World Cup is re-scheduled in New Zealand in less than a year’s time in 2022 and Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will follow the event. The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Madan Lal, Sulakshana Naik, and RP Singh, interviewed the applicants and unanimously agreed on Ramesh Powar’s candidature.

Ramesh Powar. (TOI Photo)
Ramesh Powar. (TOI Photo)

Ramesh Powar who represented India in 2 Tests and 31 ODIs had earlier served as the head coach of the Indian Women’s Team from July-November 2018. It was under his stint that the Indian eves qualified for the semi-final of the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup in 2018. Besides, they also won 14 T20I games in a row.

Former Indian coach WV Raman was not given an extension by the BCCI despite producing decent results with the women’s team since taking charge in December 2018. WV Raman had earlier replaced Ramesh Powar as the coach of the women’s team back in December 2018 after the latter experienced fallout with veteran player Mithali Raj.

Mithali Raj hit out at Ramesh Powar and captain Harmanpreet Kaur for dropping her from the 2018 T20 World Cup’s semi-final that India lost to England by eight wickets. She singled out Ramesh Powar, who she blamed for trying to destroy her career.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)
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Ramesh Powar’s Appointment As Women Team’s Coach Surprised Deep Dasgupta

Ramesh Powar’s appointment as the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team left many surprised. Deep Dasgupta has now questioned the basis of WV Raman’s exit as the coach.

Former Indian cricketer Ramesh Powar returned as the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team for the second time after predecessor WV Raman was shown the door. The move by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) baffled people for multiple reasons.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

Ramesh Powar’s Appointment As Women Team’s Head Coach Surprised Deep Dasgupta As WV Raman Led Women Team To Finals Of T20 World Cup 2020

WV Raman had done reasonably well as the coach of the team, taking them to the final of T20 World Cup 2020 but still, he was replaced by Ramesh Powar, leaving many experts including Deep Dasgupta baffled.  Even Ramesh Powar had a successful spell with the Indian women team before the allegations of ‘bias’ by Mithali Raj saw him being axed. The management’s decision to award him the job once again, hence, has raised many eyebrows.

Speaking on Sports Today, Deep Dasgupta highlighted the importance of continuity in the team as both Ramesh Powar and WV Raman produced promising yet short spells in charge.

“I Know WV from the last 20 years, I mean personally. He came in as our coach in 2001 and I have obviously a great rapport with Ramesh, obviously I have played a lot with him and against him. The only thing which strikes me as you mentioned, it hasn’t been too long with WV and whatever he has done. He has done well, my only concern is that there has to be some continuity,” said the former India wicket-keeper batsman.

Ramesh Powar. (TOI Photo)
Ramesh Powar. (TOI Photo)

“The last time Indian cricket team a major tournament, played the finals of the World Cup. Like I said both of them are extremely close to me and I like both of them but I just wish there is some continuity. There hasn’t been much cricket (for India Women due to Covid-19) so I don’t know on what basis WV Raman was not there.

You can ask the same question why Ramesh was initially sacked because he did fairly well as well. So, I just hope there is continuity now,” Deep Dasgupta told Sports Today.

The women’s ODI World Cup is re-scheduled in New Zealand in less than a year’s time in 2022 and Commonwealth Games in Birmingham will follow the event. The three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Madan Lal, Sulakshana Naik, and RP Singh, interviewed the applicants and unanimously agreed on Ramesh Powar’s candidature.

Ramesh Powar will replace WV Raman, who was appointed the head coach of the India women’s team in December 2018. During Raman’s tenure, India managed to reach the finals of the T20 World Cup 2020. The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side ended up losing the summit clash against Australia.

Deep Dasgupta Stresses On Continuity

Since the 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup, not much women’s cricket has taken place as far as the Indian Women team is concerned. Deep Dasgupta, hence, feels there weren’t many performance-related reasons backing the change in coach.

“The last time Indian cricket team a major tournament, played the finals of the World Cup. Like I said both of them are extremely close to me and I like both of them but I just wish there is some continuity. There hasn’t been much cricket (for India Women due to Covid-19) so I don’t know on what basis WV Raman was not there. You can ask the same question why Ramesh was initially sacked because he did fairly well as well. So, I just hope there is continuity now,” he said.

Mithali Raj File Image (Twitter.com/@ICC)
Mithali Raj File Image (Twitter.com/@ICC)

With Mithali Raj still an integral part of the Indian ODI team, she and head coach Ramesh Powar would need to patch up their differences for the common good of the Indian team.

Ramesh Powar had represented India in 2 Tests and 31 ODIs. After his playing career, he took up cricket coaching and is an ECB Level 2 certified coach. He has also attended the BCCI-NCA Level 2 coaching course. Ramesh Powar had earlier served as the head coach of the Indian Women’s Team from July-November 2018. It was under his stint that the Indian eves qualified for the semi-final of the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup in 2018. Besides, they also won 14 T20I games in a row.

The BCCI on Friday announced the Indian women’s squad for the upcoming tour of England. It is comprised of a One-off Test match, 3 ODIs, and as many T20Is. Veteran Indian batswoman Mithali Raj will lead the side in the Test and ODIs with Harmanpreet Kaur as her deputy.

Teen batting sensation Shafali Verma and seasoned pacer Shikha Pandey have made it to all three squads after their South Africa home series snubs. Wicketkeeper-batter Indrani Roy has been rewarded with maiden Test and ODI call-up for India’s tour of England. Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad missed out due to an injury.

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