Indian women all set to handle pressure in World T20, says

Indian women all set to handle pressure in World T20, says

The women's team coach Ramesh Powar referred to work being done towards creating a group of match-winners.

Electing to bat, India A put on a healthy 154/8 on the board in their alloted 20 overs with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur top scoring with 41 off 27 balls. The recently appointed coach believes that the current bunch of youngsters are fearless and are not going to buckle under pressure."We tried to put them under pressure during power play and when chasing". "Our strength is, I guess, spin bowling".

Harmanpreet Kaur (Capt.), Smriti Mandhana (vice-capt.), Mithali Raj, Jemimah Rodrigues, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Tanya Bhatia (wk), Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Anuja Patil, D Hemalatha, Mansi Joshi, Pooja Vastrakar, and Arundhati Reddy; Coach: Ramesh Powar. "I think everyone likes it". We are well-placed, I think.

"This team is more of dominance rather than competing". They are looking to dominate everything, every situation.

Harmanpreet said that the team had prepared well with a series against Australia A, in which different players were tried out and hoped this time around the team members will not repeat the mistakes of 2017.

"We were trying to give chances to everyone". So before the World Cup everybody spent a lot of time on the wicket. Nearly everyone got a chance. We are ready to think who is ready for a chance in the first XI or not, we can plan accordingly.

Things have not been as upbeat as expected for India since their run to the World Cup final previous year, and their inadequacies have been exposed, especially in the shortest format. But now we do have [that experience]. Had we been able to handle our nerves for a little longer and handle the situation then it would have been good.

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"But we have learned from our mistakes and I hope that we wont repeat the mistakes we made the last time and if we get another chance", she told reporters. Under former coach Arothe, India lost to Bangladesh twice during the Women's Asia Cup, including a loss in the final. He has since had only eight worldwide matches - three ODIs and five T20Is in an away series in Sri Lanka which India won 2-1 and 4-0 respectively - and a three-match unofficial T20I series in Mumbai against Australia A to not only familiarise himself with the players but also assess their strengths and weaknesses.

The tournament will be held from November 9 to 24 in the West Indies, featuring 10 teams.

In the limited time he has had, Powar has tested various ideas and combinations.

Asked to comment on the absence of a leader for the bowlers, Powar said: "We are not here to create leaders". I've been a middle-order batsman ever since I started playing. We changed a lot of things. At times we played only with one seamer to put pressure on the spinners.

"It was not a pleasant situation to walk in as coach, but I have faced these situations as a player for Mumbai". It helped me. When you are building a team from scratch it's important to communicate well. I was surprised to see they realised that so early. Team India comes first is the message I conveyed and the players understood what I am talking within a few days. "It was challenging but it's been good".

The squad is a mix of youngsters and experienced hands. "There were so many things the management was doing and the players were doing but at the end of the day it taught us all something - that we shouldn't overdo anything". "It's as simple as that". They have Pakistan, Ireland and Australia as the other teams in their Group B.

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