ICC Women's ODI Championship: Under new coach Ramesh Powar, India have questions to answer on tricky tour to Sri Lanka

The final time India have been in Sri Lanka early final 12 months, Purnima Rau was the pinnacle coach and the staff was preventing for one of many 4 qualifying spots on the ICC World Cup Qualifier. India produced a beautiful streak of cricket with Harmanpreet Kaur, the stand-in captain in opposition to South Africa within the ultimate, starring in a profitable chase of 245 to assist the staff clinch the title off the final ball with only a wicket in hand.

There was real pleasure round that sport particularly, with Kaur, who made a run-a-ball unbeaten 41 with an injured wrist, evaluating the knock with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ending expertise. The match, stay streamed on ICC’s web site, had good following, however nobody actually anticipated any form of detailed reporting. In truth, Mithali Raj, the captain, was shocked that there have been two Indian journalists current within the nation to cowl the match.

File picture of Mithali Raj. PTI

A lot has modified since then. The journey to the 2017 World Cup ultimate in England opened up a brand new taking part in area for the ladies, as they have been showered with new stage of hype. Clearly, the strain of expectations bought greater and only a few have been capable of realistically deal with the calls for. There was, nevertheless, real hope that girls’s cricket in India had lastly reached a pinnacle from the place it may take off.

Issues, although, haven’t modified dramatically on the floor stage. There have been just a few reporters for the T20 Challenger Trophy in Alur on the outskirts of Bangalore that marked the beginning of the 2018-19 home season. Reporting has improved, but it surely has not opened up the dam. There may be, in actual fact, little construct up for the bilateral collection in opposition to Sri Lanka, scheduled from 11 to 25 September.

The ODI Championship will get underway in Galle on Tuesday. Each India and Sri Lanka are poorly positioned on the desk. After beating South Africa 2-1, India went all the way down to Australia at dwelling and at the moment are sixth on the standings with six factors from 4 video games. Sri Lanka, then again, at present maintain the picket spoon, having misplaced all their six matches thus far. On paper, India are favourites to win the three ODIs and enhance up their stature on the desk, however Raj was conscious of the closing gaps between groups.

“We now have performed Sri Lanka within the World Cup (final 12 months), within the Asia Cup (earlier this 12 months) and I ought to admit that it’s a staff that has grown from 12 months to 12 months,” Raj mentioned on the pre-series press convention. “Now the hole between the highest groups and the underside groups is narrowing due to the ICC Ladies’s Championship.”

Chamari Athapaththu, their skipper who missed the Asia Cup due to a bout of dengue, is Sri Lanka’s pillar. She has turn into the face of the nation’s cricket ever since that blistering 178 in opposition to Australia in Bristol final 12 months. It was adopted by stints within the Ladies’s Massive Bash League and Kia Tremendous League, giving the world a glimpse of what Sri Lankan skills can supply. She admitted that Sri Lanka have to get higher in all departments to be an actual risk.

“We have to enhance our batting expertise as a result of we are inclined to battle in opposition to spin,” Athapaththu mentioned. “We can’t make modifications in a single day, however over time with new coach (Harsha de Silva) we will obtain it.”

The large image will even be on the thoughts of Ramesh Powar, India’s new coach after Tushar Arothe resigned. Whereas you will need to safe the potential six ODI Championship factors, quick focus is on the World T20 within the Caribbean in November this 12 months. That makes the 5 T20Is an effective grooming floor for the Indian staff to get their sport so as. It’s a format India haven’t been at all times comfy in. Bear in mind how Sri Lanka beat them within the 2014 World T20, and to not overlook about their twin losses in opposition to Bangladesh together with the ultimate in Asia Cup this 12 months.

India’s problem in that match was that they performed defensive cricket, and a number of the choice calls have been questionable. Anticipated to elevate the trophy, the staff went right into a shell and gamers have been barred from speaking to the media. It led to an unpleasant section ultimately resulting in Arothe ending his two-year contract prematurely.

Powar comes with regular T20 pedigree and the expertise of 17 years of first-class cricket, however it’s extra about man-management than ability tuning at this stage. The tour of Sri Lanka additionally gives Smriti Mandhana, the participant of the collection at KSL with a tally of 421 runs, to inject her newfound confidence into the Indian dressing room.

Eyes will even be on Shikha Pandey, who now’s the staff’s lead pacer within the shortest format after Jhulan Goswami retired from T20Is. Plenty of puzzles to be solved, and the idealistic setting of the island nation will not be a foul place to search out these solutions.


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