I hope In­dian coach Ra­man does not draw flak for drop­ping Mithali: Powar

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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

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