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We are looking at Smriti as a leader, at some point she will lead India: Coach Powar

Indian women’s team head coach Ramesh Powar is confident that the very stylish Smriti Mandhana will captain the team in the near future as she is seen as a potential leader.

Mandhana was above and above all her batting colleagues during an otherwise disappointing series against Australia, which India lost 5-11 on multiple format counts.

We are seeing him as a leader. At some point, she will take the lead,” Powar said after the end of the series.

However, he clarified that he is not setting any deadline for the change in leadership.

The 25-year-old Mandhana had one of her best series, where she scored 86 runs in ODIs, followed by 127 runs, her first century in Tests and then 52 as she lost in the final women’s T20I.

One of the biggest reasons for zeroing in on Mandhana as a potential leader is the fact that she is an inspiration to the young players of this team.

“She inspires many young players in the team. Obviously, we will give him a higher status. The way he batted in Tests was amazing, especially in the light. We knew she would come well,” Powar said while praising the T20 vice-captain.

All these years, Powar had expected consistency from Mandhana and the Maharashtra batsman is finally showing signs of good things that can be expected in the future.

“One season (of fixture), she will be a different player. He gets plenty of time to play in leagues around the world. And that becomes an advantage because in India you don’t get that much playing time.”

Powar is happy that in both England And in the Australia series, the team management was able to give a lot of chances to the young players and the marginal players as well.

He said, ‘You need characters to win the World Cup. We are standing at a juncture where Mithali and Jhulan will be out at some point. We tested young bowlers like Meghna Singh and Renuka Thakur. We wanted to test our players,” said the former India off-spinner.

Powar also made it clear that there is no room for complacency as leg-spinner Poonam Yadav came to know after consistently poor performances.

“If you are not playing your part, you will be sidelined. We do not allow anyone to take their place. The players who had to sit out were given fair chances,” said the coach.

All-rounder Deepti Sharma’s lack of firepower in the middle overs remains a cause for concern and Powar said batting coach Shiv Sundar Das is working with the Bengal player.

“Change cannot happen in 10 days. Batting coach SS Das is working with him.

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