Shocked by the lack of spirit in the Indian batsmen in their defeat at the hands of New Zealand, head coach Ramesh Pawar appealed to the senior players to play more responsibly against the West Indies on Saturday. The Indian top order failed once again and in the first 20 overs, the batsmen could only score 50 runs. In response to the target of 261 runs for victory, the Indian team lost by 62 runs.
Pawar said in a virtual press conference before the match against West Indies, “It was a day when things did not go our way. To be honest, I was surprised to see the batting in the first 20 overs.
He said that the team got a lot of preparation time before the tournament and now is the time to perform. He said, “Senior players like Mithali, Smriti and Jhulan will now have to win matches by taking additional responsibility. This will not put pressure on the young players. I think it is World Cup pressure but I don’t want to make excuses. It’s time to show it now.
Pawar said, “We have been practicing for the last six months. We went to England and Australia and reached New Zealand early. We got full time to practice and now it’s time to perform on the field.
The former India spinner said, “It is important to bat with passion in the first ten overs. Chasing the target in this World Cup is not easy but it was a good wicket. However, we fell behind in the first 20 overs itself.
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