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Harmanpreet: Sri Lanka tour ‘ideal platform’ for young bowlers

The upcoming tour of Sri Lanka will be the “ideal platform” and the “right time” for the young fast bowlers to grab their “opportunities” in the absence of experienced Jhulan Goswami and Shikha Pandey. Harmanpreet Kaur, India’s newly-appointed ODI captain and head coach Ramesh Powar laid out plans for the team before leaving for the Sri Lanka tour, as they look to fine-tune their plans for the Commonwealth Games and T20Is starting next month . World Cup next year in South Africa.

The absence of Goswami, Pandey and all-rounder Sneh Rana was one of the talking points when the squad was picked for the ODIs and T20Is in Sri Lanka. While Rana was “rested,” Powar explained, he also indicated that Goswami and Pandey had been ousted.

While India’s spin attack includes experienced names like Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Rajeshwari Gaikwad apart from Radha Yadav (for T20Is only), the pace attack includes Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Renuka Singh and all-rounder Simran Bahadur.

Harmanpreet said in a virtual press conference on Saturday, “I think if we talk about our bowling unit, this is the time when they can take the responsibility and this tour will be the ideal platform for them to perform. ” “We will take charge and bowl [their] full quota [of overs], For me this is a great opportunity where you can make a good team. The tour of Sri Lanka is not going to be easy for us. So it’s important [to ensure that] We go and deliver whatever we are planning. That’s what we want as a unit.”

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Powar further said that this visit will open doors for further development among the youth.

“When you move through the transition period, you have to give the young players a chance to cement their place. “As a support staff for him, we need to support him through the NCA and the skill coaches that he must agree to in every situation. So, this is the right time for the players to take their opportunity and move on.

“As far as fast bowling is concerned, you have seen from the Australia tour, we have introduced Renuka and Meghna, we have also introduced some bowlers in the system. So, it will take some time to see the results as they have to adjust their fitness. And the focus has to be on the experience of the match.

“As far as Jhulan and Shikha are concerned, I think they have done a great job over the years and the BCCI and selectors can update on their fitness and everything. As of now, Shikha and Jhulan are not traveling with us.

“So, whoever the bowlers are – we are taking four fast bowlers – you will see their results. Pooja Vastrakar has been an outstanding bowler for the last six months. Going forward, we will try to accelerate the reforms of this fast bowling attack. will do. .”

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He added that Rana was given time to “refresh” for the busy calendar ahead.

“He has been rested for this series, he is in the NCA,” Powar said. “She is working on her fitness and growing. In FTP we have 20-25 T20 games and a few ODI series, so we want her to be fresh for those series. We bowl as well Trying to manage the workload of the batting unit and trying to balance it.”

This will be India’s first international assignment since the Women’s World Cup in March, where they were knocked out in the group stages after a virtual quarter-final loss against South Africa.

This will be the first time in two decades that the batting order will not have Mithali Raj, who recently announced her retirement. Taking over the ODI captaincy as well, Harmanpreet felt that leadership centralization can help in clarity even among the team members.

“I think things will be easier for me now because [when] There were two different captains, sometimes things were not easy because we both had different views. [and know] What I am demanding as a captain, and everyone can wait for that. It’s easier for me to ask them what I’m expecting from them, so things will be a lot easier for me and my teammates as well.”

With the Commonwealth Games and the T20 World Cup next year, Harmanpreet and Powar talked about assessing where the team stands now and how they will approach the upcoming Games.

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“Definitely we will see in T20″ [play] Our first combination, give them as many matches as possible. [in 2025] And this is where we’ll see if we can give everyone a chance.”

Powar said that they will also stop the combination of 11 on the tour of Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Games.

“At this point in time, we are trying to assess where we stand as a team and what we need to do to beat all the teams in ICC tournaments and play in every series. This tour of Sri Lanka is what we need to try. Some players. We are trying to plan our next eight months according to the conditions that we have to face. It is just a planning phase and as we go ahead in the series and tournament, we are going to execute those plans. will do.

“To add to this, we will freeze the combination of 11 that will take part in the Commonwealth so that we are confident of walking into the tournament. And the players will be confident that they are going to play in the first game.”

India and Sri Lanka will play three T20Is in Dambulla on June 23, 25 and 27, followed by a series of ODIs on July 1, 4 and 7.

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