I hope Indian coach Raman does not draw flak for dropping Mithali: Powar
you need to take a call about how to take the team forward,” Powar told TOI on Saturday.
Explaining the rationale behind his decision which generated a fair bit of controversy but was backed by India’s T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur and vice-captain Smriti Mandhana, The former India off-spinner said: “When I or the team management took that decision regarding Mithali, I wasn’t thinking about just the T20 World Cup. If the same team, which had beaten Australia in the league stage without the senior player, would have won the semifinal, and that team was almost under-25 in terms of age, it would have given them a huge amount of confidence. So I was thinking ahead. My vision was that if we had won that game, it would have taken the team places in the future. In two to five years, these girls would have developed into a great team. That was my thought process.”
Powar said it was apparent to him that new coach WV Raman was applying the same logic which he had applied as a coach when he took that controversial decision. “He’s doing the same thing. He’s thinking ahead. There’s a vision. Everyone has a vision. A coach has to think about how to take his team forward. When I took this decision, I got a lot of criticism for it. I hope WV (Raman) gets a fair deal, and people don’t get negative about it, and look at the bigger picture. He’s a newly-appointed coach. He needs some time to think about how he wants to take the team forward. He has started his vision. There’s no option but to think ahead. It’s not about Mithali, it’s about forging a combination which you think is right. He must be planning to build a team for the next T20 World Cup,” Powar felt.
Explaining his coaching philosophy, which he has imbibed from cerebral and street smart personalities like Ramakant Achrekar and Vasu Paranjpe, Powar says, “They backed talent which deserved to be there. I tried to do my job honestly, just like them. If I try to see what would benefit me, I wouldn’t be a good coach. If I wanted to be the India women’s team coach forever, I would have looked to maintain a good rapport with all the senior players-Mithali, Harmanpreet and Smriti. but that’s not my nature. I’m a result-oriented person, and for that, you have to take some tough calls.”
Ramesh Powar says WV Raman is applying the same logic that he used during the T20 World Cup