Wanted to see how youngsters react under pressure: Coach Powar

Indian women’s team head coach Ramesh Powar is not bothered by the 13-run loss to Pakistan in the Asia Cup as the main goal of the team management was to see the reaction of young talent in stressful situations. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur made a comeback against Pakistan but came out to bat at number seven and the Indian team’s ‘new-look’ middle-order collapsed while chasing a target of 138 against arch-rivals Pakistan here on Friday, leaving the team 13 runs behind. Got defeated.

“It’s not a shock… we are not looking at it that way,” Powar said in a post-match press conference. We were facing some issues which needed to be fixed. The head coach revealed that after three successive victories the team had moved up to the top of the table, he wanted to try out a ‘new-look’ middle-order in a tense match against Pakistan. ,

“We had planned this thing after three matches that we wanted to try some young players.We wanted to see Dayalan Hemlata, Pooja Vastrakar, Richa Ghosh and Radha Yadav who are young. The aim was to make them feel the pressure by sending them upstairs. The former Indian off-spinner said, “He needed to go through these stressful situations as Smriti Mandhana, Jemima Rodrigues and Harmanpreet have been doing this for a long time. We wanted to correct the deficiencies before the World Cup. We wanted to do well in the Asia Cup because we won’t get many matches before the World Cup (just five matches against Australia). ,

India will begin their campaign in the Women’s T20 World Cup against Pakistan on February 12 in Cape Town. India are in Group Two with England, West Indies, Pakistan and Ireland. Group I consists of five-time winners and defending champions Australia, along with New Zealand, hosts South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Two teams from each group will advance to the semi-finals.

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