“I think it’s a fresh start. Coming into the new year, this is the first series and yes we have moved on from that (controversy),” ODI skipper Mithali told reporters during the team’s pre-departure press conference on Sunday.
The last couple of months have been quite tormenting for Indian women’s cricket. What started as a one-off controversy with Mithali Raj getting dropped from the final eleven in the semifinal of World T20, took an ugly turn when Mithali lashed out at the then coach Ramesh Powar. And all that led to the ouster of Powar and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) bringing in W.V. Raman as the new head coach for a two-year term.
Mithali is confident that Raman’s experience as a coach would make a difference and she will be on the “same page” with the former India opener.
“When a coach comes in the national side, we as a team are very vocal and expressive as to what is required for the benefit of the team. The coach and the players will have to be on the same page, because that’s very important.”
“And I am sure. I have not trained under him (Raman) but met him a couple of time and if you have seen his credential. He has played (at the highest level) and coached various teams at various levels. So he comes with that and there are no expectations as such when you have credentials like that, you are only positive that the coach will make big difference to the team, getting into the year and to the series,” the star batter concluded.