National Cricket Academy (NCA) chief VVS Laxman interacted with the Indian women’s cricket team ahead of their departure for the Sri Lanka tour. Indian team is set to play three T20Is and as many ODIs matches on this tour starting from June 23. This will be the first official series for the women’s team after their average outing in the 2022 World Cup in New Zealand and in the post-Mithali Raj era.
Harmanpreet Kaur is selected as a captain for this series after Mithali announced her retirement earlier this month. Kaur already leads team India in the T20I format and is now set to captain the ODI format as well. The veteran bowler Jhulan Goswami is dropped for this series with no official update on her future with the national team. But many fans and pundits are predicting the possible retirement of the 39-year-old pacer.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a few photos of Laxman interacting with the entire Indian women’s cricket team, including captain Harmanpreet and head coach Ramesh Powar on their official Twitter handle.
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We are looking at a winning habit: Ramesh Powar
Indian women’s cricket team is struggling with consistency on many levels in the last few months. They rank fourth in both ICC Women’s rankings in ODIs and T20Is chart, a poor standing considering the quality available within a squad. The former cricketer and current head coach Powar talked about building the squad and winning the trophies ahead of the departure for the Sri Lanka tour.
“We are looking for some consistency, we are looking at a winning habit. For that, we all came together as captain, coach, and vice-captain. We have already spoken to the BCCI, and VVS Laxman, who is the head of cricket, and there have been a few things going on. We are trying to work on our fielding and fitness and take our players to the next level. That is the immediate goal that we are trying to achieve. We want to win World Cups, but it is important that you build a squad which can compete in every condition and against every opposition,” Said Ramesh Powar as quoted by India Today.