Franchise cricket is different from international tournaments, says India women's coach WV Raman ahead of tri-series in Australia

WV Raman said India have a settled side with good depth, so 'all these things put together will negate whatever advantage they may seemingly have.'

Press Trust of India, Jan 23, 2020 16:08:48 IST

Mumbai: India women's head coach WV Raman doesn't believe that countries having franchise league professionals in their ranks gain any definitive advantage in T20 World Cup as playing for country is a completely different ball game.

Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy and Jemimah Rodrigues are the only four Indian cricketers to have played in the competitive Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) but a number of internationals in other sides regularly feature in the popular T20 event.

"Playing franchise cricket is one thing and playing international tournament, where your country features, is a different game altogether. They may be familiar with the conditions but this is a different platform. The pressure element is different," Raman said at the pre-departure press conference ahead of the tri-series involving England and hosts Australia.

The tri-series, beginning on 31 January, will be followed by the T20 World Cup next month.

The coach said India have a settled side with good depth, so "all these things put together will negate whatever advantage they may seemingly have."

"That (depth) will definitely help us psychologically. At the start of last season, we did not do well enough in the few games. After that, the unit settled down. Each one of the players had a good hit, they are all in good nick and they have also worked on their skills, which means you do have a fair bit of sense of security and confidence going into this tournament."

"We are covering all other bases. This is a young team which is perhaps one of the best. They are enthusiastic, positive and focused. That's very important," said the former India all-rounder.
Asked whether he was obsessed to win an ICC trophy, Raman said, "I won't use the word obsess but we are keen to do well and in terms of T20 format, so we are looking to put our best foot forward."

The team also has teenagers Shafali Verma (15) and Richa Ghosh (16) but Raman skill and not age is important for them.

"In today's era, age on either side is just a number. It's about the talent that there is what they can do on what they can bring to the table as far as the requirements of team is concerned. So I don't think we should necessarily focus on the age part of it.

"If we're talking about somebody like a Shafali, who is 15-year old, we all have heard of the adage saying, young cubs know no fear. So this is a brand of cricket that we look to play and it is a format where people need to be positive," he said.

"So along those lines, we need a lot more people with fresh minds and with a lot of positivity with no fear at all. I think that'll be a big advantage and they complement the more experienced predators like Smriti, Harman and Veda. So, this is a good blend I think," he said.

According to the coach, the tri-series will help going before the World Cup.

The coach had asked Mandhana to bat for 30 overs in ODIs and 12 overs in T20s and he said the message was "carry on batting as you can and the runs will come.

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Updated Date: Jan 23, 2020 16:08:48 IST


IPL 2020 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Chennai
0 0 0 0 0
2
Delhi
0 0 0 0 0
3
Kolkata
0 0 0 0 0
4
Punjab
0 0 0 0 0
5
Mumbai
0 0 0 0 0
6
Bangalore
0 0 0 0 0
7
Rajasthan
0 0 0 0 0
8
Hyderabad
0 0 0 0 0
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3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
6 Sri Lanka 4191 91
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2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
6 Pakistan 5019 98
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2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
6 New Zealand 7114 245