Ramesh Powar
Ramesh Powar (Image: Twitter)

Last Update on: July 24th, 2022 at 12:18 pm

The combination of the Commonwealth Games and cricket will be an unforgettable event both for the actors and viewers. The games village would be one aspect of the novelty.

The culture of the games includes housing athletes from several sports under one roof, creating an unforgettable experience for all parties. Ramesh Powar, the head coach of the India women’s cricket team, and his group will have that chance very soon. Additionally, he and the team are eager to meet two sportsmen. 

Ramesh Powar Hails PV Sindhu And Neeraj Chopra

Ramesh Powar and Harmanpreet Kaur (Image Credits: Twitter)
Ramesh Powar and Harmanpreet Kaur (Image Credits: Twitter)

“If there’s an opportunity, we all would like to meet PV Sindhu and Neeraj Chopra,” Powar said in a press conference ahead of CWG 2022 on Saturday, July 23. 

“I think he has set the bar high, both of them. I would love to go into their minds. I am curious about their preparations because the way they handle the pressure of a billion people, it’s commendable. I think we as a group would like to exchange some notes with these two top-class athletes.” 

This Competition Is Really Significant For Indian Women Cricket: Harmanpreet Kaur

Many people have viewed cricket’s presence in the Commonwealth Games as a huge plus for women’s cricket. It is a game-changer for reaching new people, a different level, and even the Olympic Games, according to England captain Heather Knight. Harmanpreet Kaur, the captain of India, concurs. 

India women's, Harmanpreet Kaur
Indian women’s team. Image-Twitter.

“As cricketers we always want that we get to play more and this year we are getting to participate in a multi-sport event,” Kaur said in the presser with the team coach. 

“Definitely, this competition is really significant for us, and this time we’re competing for a medal (in the case of women’s cricket being included at the Olympics).

If I were to speak for myself, we have grown up watching these kind of competitions and are happy that this time we are also given the chance. The more often we participate in events like these, I believe, the better for women’s cricket.”

Kaur and her team have been imagining themselves competing in this competition, marching in the opening ceremony with the rest of the Indian delegation of boxers, wrestlers, hockey players, shuttlers, etc., and celebrating their accomplishments while aiming for their own success. The captain of India admitted that she had even imagined herself travelling down that path. 

“That’s what we’ve been thinking of. Now it’s not only about cricket. Other teams will also be there, we’ll be there to cheer them on. We want to celebrate each and every medal that we win. We just can’t wait to fly and be part of this great event.” 

Harmanpreet Kaur Wants Batters To Bowl More

Harmanpreet Kaur had said that she as a captain wanted to favour numerous part-time bowling options in the XI, including herself, ahead of her maiden assignment as India’s full-time white-ball skipper on the tour to Sri Lanka in June. 

Indian women’s team (Photo-Getty)
Indian women’s team (Photo-Getty)

It only makes sense to have batters who can bowl in the T20 format given how unpredictable it is, and the Indian skipper is in favour of this moving into the T20 competition at the Birmingham Games as well. 

“For me it’s always important if all the batters can bowl also,” she said.

“Having more options in the bowling is always a key point and that was the only reason we tried a few things in the Sri Lanka series and we have been trying in this camp also.

I think it’s very important when you have so many options then even the main bowlers don’t have too much pressure. I’m someone who likes to have too many options. That is why myself, Shafali (Verma) and Harleen (Deol) were bowling in the Sri Lanka series and they also responded really well.” 

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