Guwahati, Mar 10 : After losing a home T20 series by 3-0 to England, Indian women team coach WV Raman urged his team to improve their skills.
On Saturday, in the third and the final match, India needed just three runs in the last over, with five wickets in hand. However, Kate Cross gave away just one run and picked up two wickets, to leave India ruing another failure from the middle order.
''They have been playing good cricket, but in T20, what you need is smart cricket under pressure,'' International Cricket Council's (ICC) official website quoted him as saying. ''It’s a young side, will learn along the way. Even though the scoreline says 3-0, [and that we were] not playing as well as we could, it was not a total washout in terms of the way we lost it. That's heartening.
''First, they need to work a lot on their skills. Once the development in terms of skills happens, then all other things come into play, because tactically, everybody is aware of what needs to be done. But tactics cannot be executed, unless the technical base is good enough," the coach added.
Raman also felt that it was a case of young players needing to learn from such experiences. "It's just that the newcomers getting a little bit of experience to know what to do under a little bit of pressure and challenge. Once that improves, I think it will be a very good situation for us in the future. And as you see, the only way is up," he expressed hope.
Talking about Mithali Raj, who provides the much-needed experience to a shaky middle order, he said, "We had a chat about what she is comfortable doing and what suits the side as well. Since Harman [Harmanpreet Kaur] was not here, we needed someone with experience in the middle order. That's the reason she stuck to her slot at four," the coach said.
''Quite obviously, she also needs to be backed up by others. Unfortunately, that kind of support didn't come. It's all a case of what a specific player can bring to the table and how it suits the team's needs. That's how things will happen," he concluded. UNI