Ramesh Powar, the head coach of the Indian women’s team, hopes that the most stylish Smriti Mandana will be the captain in the future.
Mandana was on the head and shoulders above all her batting counterparts.
“We see her as a leader. At some point, she will lead,” Powar said after the series ended.
He clarified, however, that the deadline for a change of leadership had not been set.
The 25-year-old Mandana was one of the best international series, where she scored 86 runs in ODIs, followed by a majestic 127, her first century in Tests, and then 52 for losing in the final Women’s T20.
One of the biggest reasons for nullifying Mandana as a potential leader is that he is an inspiration to the young players on this team.
“She encourages many young players on the team. Obviously, we value her highly. The way she batted in the Tests was amazing, especially under the lights. We knew she would come off well,” said the T20 vice-captain.
What Powar has been expecting over the years is that the Mandana and Maharashtra level is finally showing signs of good things to look forward to in the future.
“One season (consistency), she will be a different player. She gets a lot of playing time to play in leagues around the world. It will be an advantage as you do not have much playing time in India.
Powar is happy that the team management in the England and Australia series has given a lot of opportunities to the younger players and those on the edge.
You need characters to win the World Cup. We stand at the moment when Mithali and Julan leave at some point. We tested young bowlers like Magna Singh and Renuka Thakur. We wanted to test our players, ”said the former India off-spinner.
Powar also made it clear that he was not satisfied with the discovery of leg-spinner Poonam Yadav after a lack of consistent performance.
“If you don’t do your part, you will be sidelined. We will not allow anyone to take their place casually. Players who have to sit outside were given the right opportunities,” the coach said.
Powar said the lack of firepower in the middle overs of all-rounder Deepti Sharma has caused concern and batting coach Shiv Sunder Das is working with the Bengal player.
“The change will not happen in 10 days. Batting coach SS Das is working with her,” he added.