Skipper Mithali Raj was the lone vibrant spot in a lacklustre batting efficiency by the Indian women’s team as they misplaced the three-match ODI collection towards hosts England 1-2.
“I think bowlers brought us back into the game. We have to learn lot many things from this series. I think fielding improved immensely, bowling has improved immensely, batting has to be up if we are aiming at the World cup,” Powar stated in a video posted by the BCCI on its twitter deal with.
Mithali smashed three half-centuries within the three ODIs and have become the very best run-getter in women’s cricket throughout codecs whereas guiding India to a comfort 4-wicket win over England within the third and remaining ODI right here on Saturday.
“I think she deserves every praising word out there,” Powar stated of the India skipper, who made an unbeaten 75 off 86 balls in a profitable chase of 220.
“She has been a fantastic servant of the game. 22 years of cricket and I think she is a role model for a lot of our girls. She has single-handedly won us the game. Chasing 220 on a low bounce track, she took us over the line.”
The 43-12 months-previous from Mumbai was additionally impressed by Sneh Rana, who made a 22-ball 24 and took one wicket in the course of the third ODI, having returned to the format after seven years.
“Sneh Rana is a find of this series. The way she was bowling at Southampton in practice session, we thought we should give her a chance. It was a difficult decision to play two off-spinners but she played her role to the core,” Powar stated.
Rana had additionally scored a half-century on her Test debut to assist India draw the one-off match towards England.
“I am really happy for her, being an off-spinner I can see the talent, she is a player who can play in crunch situations and that’s what we needed right now, when the big tournaments or big series comes up, we need players of calibre who can take pressure,” Powar stated.
Powar was additionally effusive in his reward for veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami.
“I think Jhulan Goswami is one of the legends of women’s cricket and her ethics, preparations, commitment towards team, commitment towards dressing room and commitment towards young players, that makes a huge difference to us as a team.”
India will subsequent tackle England in a 3-match T20I collection starting at Northampton on Friday.