“We tried to put them under pressure during power play and when chasing. The good thing is the youngsters – they are fearless. I don’t feel them succumbing under pressure,” said the former Mumbai and India off-spinner at the pre-departure press conference here.
It was the failure to handle pressure that cost India dear in the July 23, 2017 final of the ICC Women’s 50-over World Cup against host England when it collapsed to 219 all out when seemingly all set to reach the target of 229 at 191 for 3. “This team is more of dominance rather than competing. We tried to put the players under pressure in the last eight games that we played. At times we played only with one seamer to put pressure on the spinners. We let them go through that and come out winners.
“It’s about learning through that pressure,” said Powar who took over as coach in unsavoury circumstances after the players revolted against his predecessor Tushar Arothe. The team, led by all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur, will commence its campaign with the group lung opener against New Zealand at Guyana on November 9. India has Pakistan, Ireland and Australia as the other teams in the group B.
Harmanpreet said that the team had prepared well with a series against Australia A, in which different players were tried out and hoped this time around the team will not repeat the mistakes of 2017.