Mithali Raj looking for fresh start under new coach WV Raman

first_imgMithali Raj looking for fresh start under new coach WV RamanMithali Raj is confident that WV Raman’s experience as a coach would make a difference and she will be on the “same page” with the former India opener.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJanuary 13, 2019UPDATED: January 13, 2019 21:21 IST Mithali was controversially dropped from the Indian team for the World T20 semi-final vs England (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMithali Raj is confident that WV Raman’s experience as a coach would make a differenceMithali had accused ousted coach Ramesh Powar of bias during the Women’s World T20″The coach and the players will have to be on the same page, because that’s very important,” Mithali saidHer differences with ousted coach Ramesh Powar and Committee of Administrators (COA) member Diana Edulji is a thing of past as Mithali Raj gears up to make a “fresh start” under the able guidance of new coach WV Raman in the upcoming tour of New Zealand.The women’s team was at the centre of a huge controversy after their semi-final exit in the T20 World Cup in the West Indies after Raj accused previous coach Powar of bias and COA member Edulji of trying to finish her career.”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 here on Sunday.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.”While this will be her first stint under Raman, she is confident that it will be onwards and upwards from here on.”And I am sure. I have not trained under him (Raman) but met him couple of times and if you have seen his credential… He has played [at the highest level] and coached various teams at various levels.advertisement”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 in to the year and to the series,” the star batter exuded confidence in new coach.Mithali also acknowledged that all coaches have played a part in shaping up the team.”I honestly believe every coach like how a captain has a very different take, they get very different perspective to the table, so does the coach.”The team what it is today, is because of all those various coaches, who trained the team in these years, the team has come so far and his (Raman) knowledge will only benefit the team to go further and above, to move forward,” she added.Mithali also stressed that as the ODI captain she will bring the team together.”At this level, every player understands what it takes to reach this level and what it takes as a team to play, go on an overseas tour, aim to win the series and gain those [ICC ranking] points.”So even though we [coach-captain] might have difference of opinions, but when it comes down to players, as a team, we sit and discuss,” the skipper said.Mithali is hopeful that she can bring the team together against the ‘White Ferns’ during the upcoming tour, one of the toughest assignments in recent times.”Individual brilliance can win you matches but if you have to win the series, you need every member, every core member of your team to perform and that performance has to compliment the team’s goal. I believe I will be able to get the team together again and that is what we are going to work on,” she added.Also Read | Don’t think there has been any problem between me and Mithali Raj: Harmanpreet KaurAlso Read | Mithali Raj packed her bags and threatened to quit, reveals Ramesh PowarAlso Read | Feel sorry for Mithali Raj, you cannot drop someone like her: Sunil GavaskarAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Mithali RajFollow WV Ramanlast_img read more