India women’s team head coach Ramesh Powar talked about the omission of notable names such as Jemimah Rodrigues, Shikha Pandey and Punam Raut from the World Cup squad.
“Every player in the scheme of things knows where they stand. What is their future and present. We don’t have to communicate differently to them… because see at the end of it five selectors, the captain, and coach, they have discussed all the players and we came out with 18 players who can play better in the New Zealand series as well as in World Cup,” said Powar.
“You cannot pick everyone. There are only 15 and then three standbys. And we were looking at the particular things like fast bowlers like Renuka, Meghna, they were doing well. So if they’re doing well, they are going to get their chances in upcoming matches.”
“Again, the batting unit is consistent with Yastika, Smriti, and Mithali so everyone is consistent so we didn’t change much. At the end of it seven of us getting together and picking the right team and backing the players, that matters at the end. Every player whoever is not there in the team, knows why they are not there.”
“This is not a one-time communication, it’s been for a long period of time, at least last six months. I have been very clear about the roles. I told them specifically what is expected of them. This is a competition, a profession that you’re performing. If you don’t perform you don’t get your chances,” said the former India spinner.