Ahead of the ICC Women’s World T20 semi-final against England, India captain Harmanpreet Kaur has credited new coach Ramesh Powar for his contribution in the team’s stellar showing during the marquee event in West Indies.
The Women in Blue qualified for the semi-final having won all their four matches. While Kaur and company defeated New Zealand by 34 runs in the tournament opener, they beat Pakistan by 7 wickets, Ireland by 52 runs and Australia by 48 runs in the next three encounters.
“We have better plans and we can aim bigger now. The self-belief (is different). I can give credit to Ramesh (Powar), because from the time he joined our team, our mindset and approach has totally changed,” Harmanpreet told reporters on the eve of the all-important semi-final against England.
Powar was appointed as India women’s team head coach after Tushar Arothe’s controversial ouster. Apparently, some of the senior players were not pleased with Arothe's training methods.
England had defeated India by nine runs in the in the 50-over World Cup final last year. Talking about the semi-final clash, Harmanpreet made it clear that their focus will on carrying the momentum rather than thinking about revenge.
“The aim will be to carry on with the winning momentum rather than thinking about revenge. We need to live in the present. At present, we’re doing really well, I think. Other than thinking about the past, we just need to think what we need to do in the next game,” the Indian captain asserted.
“We’re taking it as another game. We just need to focus on what we have done well in the last league games and those things we need to just continue now,” Harmanpreet Kaur concluded.
On the other hand, England skipper Heather Knight insisted Friday’s clash will be different to last year’s ODI World Cup final.
“We take confidence from the fact that we performed in knockout matches before, but I don’t think it (the 50-over final) counts for anything with the game tomorrow. It’s a different format, different team for India, different captain for them and things like that,” Knight said.
“It’s all going to be about tomorrow. We know T20 cricket, it’s whoever turns up on the day … It’s about us going out and putting on a really strong performance, showing the good things that we’ve done,” she added.
(With PTI inputs)