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Ramesh Powar returns as the head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team

By Bet Barter

May 14, 2021

Ramesh Powar is going to succeed WV Raman. He had taken over as the head coach in 2018. His ability to coach the team came under the scanner after the team’s horrific performance in the T20Is and ODIs. Earlier this year the women’s national team went down 4-1 in ODIs and 2-1 in T20Is.

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprised of Madan Lal, RP Singh, Sulakhshana Naik, selected Ramesh Powar as the head coach. A number of other candidates were also interviewed. Some of the names on the list of the interviewed candidates were Ajay Ratra, Mamtha Maben, and Devika Palshikar. Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Hemlatha Kala, and Suman Sharma were also interviewed for the position.

Under the guidance of Ramesh Powar, the women’s team had achieved some outstanding feats. The team qualified for the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup semi-final in 2018. It won 14 T20Is consecutively during Powar’s tenure as the head coach previously. The team saw an admixture of attack, consistency, and flair.

His rapport with senior players like Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana would ensure a better working relationship within the team. The team can put their unremarkable series against South Africa in the past and start a fresh chapter.

Ramesh Powar forayed into coaching after retiring from professional cricket in 2015. He is Level 2 ECB certified, along with attending the BCCI-NCA Level 2. One of his biggest achievements soon as he took over as the head coach was Mumbai winning the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Powar’s efficiency and ability to manage the team are heightened by these achievements. The team saw quite the success in the past when it was coached by him.

Impact of Powar’s comeback as a coach on the India Women’s team and Mithali Raj

It has been reported that Mithali Raj is going to retire on her distinguished career after the 2022 Women’s Cricket World cup. Thereby, when Ramesh takes over as the head coach, ahead of the England tour, she will be around. It might mean a fractured relationship within the team because of any unresolved conflict between them. Only time will tell if they have resolved the conflict or not. If they don’t resolve it, it will be detrimental to the team going forward.

Powar’s immediate task after taking over would be to see if the Women’s team can turn their fortune. In the upcoming tour of England, they would play one test, three T20Is, and three ODIs.

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