Ramesh Powar opines on India’s loss to NZ in Women’s World Cup

Ramesh Powar

India women’s head coach Ramesh Powar was left surprised with team India’s batting approach in a group stage match played against New Zealand at 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup. Played at Seddon Park Hamilton, Team India lost their second group stage match against the hosts by a margin of 62 runs.

It is to be noted that the women in blue only managed to score 50 runs in the first 20 overs against the White Ferns chasing a target of 261 runs. India started their World Cup campaign with a victory over arch-rivals Pakistan, but the defeat against White Ferns has put them in a tricky situation. As a result, coach Powar has urged the senior players in his side to stand up and take more responsibility.

I was also surprised with the way we batted for 20 overs: Ramesh Powar

“I think it was one of those days where things didn’t go our way and honestly I was also surprised with the way we batted for 20 overs. (But) if you look back (at the) last six games, which we have played against New Zealand, we were executing our plans well,” Powar was quoted by Firstpost.

“I want seniors to be putting their hands up and win us the games single-handedly because their participation and contributions in the win will brush off on the younger players,” Powar added.

Coming back to the match, India after winning the toss opted to have a bowl. The women in blue did manage to have some success for the first ten overs reducing their opponents to 54/2 in the first 11 overs. However, half-centuries from batters Amelia Kerr and Amy Satterthwaite ensured that the home side finished at the 260 mark in their allotted 50 overs.

In reply, Team India was too slow to score runs making 50 runs at the 20th over mark and also losing three crucial wickets in the process. Batter Harmanpreet Kaur was the only Indian to have managed to score freely making 71 runs off 63 balls. However, she also made the acceleration after completing her fifty. As a result, India suffered a defeat by a margin of 62 runs from the hands of the home side