Four wins out of 4 paints a commanding image, however, look nearer on the efficiency of the Indian staff on the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, and what emerges are intently-fought video games the place a missed likelihood within the area might have been the distinction between victory and defeat.
And these are possibilities that simply a couple of years again the Indian staff missed routinely; whereas Shafali Verma’s dazzling batting and Poonam Yadav’s mesmeric leg spin has drawn all the eye, it’s India’s drastically improved fielding that’s gone underneath the radar.
India’s wins en path to the ultimate (on March 8, in opposition to Australia) have all are available comparatively low scoring encounters—the remainder of the batting line up haven’t saved up with Verma. It’s a mixture of incisive bowling and sharp fielding that suffocated the opponents as they tried to chase—Australia faltered chasing 132 within the opening sport, and New Zealand couldn’t get to 133.
Even when India bowled first of their final league match, in opposition to Sri Lanka, it was the fielding which proved to be the distinction. India pulled off some actually good catches with Veda Krishnamurthy main the way in which with two advantageous efforts within the deep to derail Sri Lanka’s center-order and limit them to 113.
In distinction, Sri Lanka dropped India’s prime-scorer Verma twice.
“Their (India players) average height and limb length is much shorter than the players from teams like Australia, England and South Africa, but they are now negating their physical advantage with superior technique, the way we position ourselves and how we dive and slide,” says Biju George, who was the fielding coach of the ladies’s staff from 2017 to November 2019, and largely credited for altering the fielding tradition within the staff.
“Most of all, it’s the attitude in the field. Our players are now ‘like we own the turf and you are not going to go past us’,” provides Biju, who’s now the fielding coach for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
It’s not simply that gamers from Australia, England, South Africa and New Zealand are taller or stronger, additionally they got here via a much better system, with their coaching centres treating health protocols for women and men cricketers with equal emphasis.
To proper these imbalances, coach WV Raman deliberate 4 camps since final June, with a concentrate on energy and velocity work. The first camp was of 20 days, then two of 10 days every, and remaining one 10 days earlier than the World Cup.
Earlier, says Biju, a number of the ladies gamers’ throws from the boundary wouldn’t attain, however now some, like Deepti Sharma, throw as laborious as anybody, together with male gamers.
“Deepti is the best thrower in the world, I have coached some IPL teams and her throw is as hard as anybody,” he says. “You can’t take a second run on her throw.”
Agility too has improved by leaps—Jemimah Rodrigues and Smriti Mandhana have been particularly spectacular—their athleticism on the sector a results of dash coaching.
“Veda dives well and moves well,” Biju factors out. “Jemimah is a livewire; she is very alert to the situation and quick in the field. She also has a very good throw. Mandhana covers so much distance, and I have never seen her drop a catch. Radhav Yadav tries very hard, is very versatile and can field at any position.”
But maybe the very best of the lot is 22-year-previous Taniya Bhatia behind the stumps, a girl who, with six catches and three stumpings—the very best within the match—performed a essential function in India’s 4 wins.
“Taniya has quick hands, gathers well with soft palms and moves well,” Biju says. “She is good standing up to the spinners as well as pacers.”
There is one other facet to India’s fielding efficiency, and that’s the tactical acumen of their captain Harmanpreet Kaur.
“Harmanpreet’s field setting is brilliant. She gets the right player in the right position,” says Biju. “For instance, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, who’s a left-hander, is at backward level, and I noticed her taking a good catch in opposition to Australia (opener Beth Mooney). Poonam Yadav is relatively shorter, so she is positioned at brief sq.-leg.
“India has the potential to be the very best fielding aspect on the earth”.
Biju, who is aware of the staff in addition to anybody, additionally feels that they are going to be unstoppable within the remaining.
“We are going to win this World Cup…100 per cent,” he says. “ Harmanpreet and Mandhana are due for a big scores and these two will get us through in the finals.”