Indian women’s Australia tour: Batting coach Shiv Sunder Das gave up the pace in the 2nd ODI at McKay on Friday. Smriti Mandana was unable to go, but former opener Star Batter hopes to reach the pinnacle.
- Smriti Mandhana was out for 16 as India lost 9 wickets on Tuesday
- Smriti has scored a fifty only once in his last 9 ODIs
- Batting coach Shiv Sunder Das said India should take 6 runs per over
Shiv Sunder Das, the batting coach of the Indian women’s team, quickly backed opener Smriti Mandana.
India lost the ODI series to Australia by 9 wickets earlier this week at the Harrup Park Ground in McCain. India continued to score more than 250 runs, scoring only 225 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 50 overs, while Australia chased down the target with 9 wickets remaining in just 41 overs.
“I chatted with her. We worked with her on the last two sessions. We solved the problems. Will also take place in McKay.
India have fallen by the top-order in recent times and the responsibility of scoring more runs fell on Mithali Raj. The Indian captain scored 63 off 107 balls, but his inability to pick up a fast score hurt India as well.
India see 6 runs per over: SS Das
Shiv Sunder Das promised a different approach from India in the 2nd ODI and the team has been working hard in their training sessions.
“We look at top-order to give us a good start and middle order — they have worked hard over the last few sessions and we have some plans. I think they will play differently in tomorrow’s game,” Das added.
“We have Shafali (Verma) and Smriti … I think they will give a good start and we can take that pace in the middle overs with 60-70 runs in 10 overs.”
“We’re working on that aspect of the game, we’re looking for a good start, we’ve averaging five runs in the middle overs, and eventually we’ve six runs per over. That’s our batting plan.”
After losing Mandana and Shafali Verma openers in the first six overs, India were left reeling.
“In the first 10 overs we solved the problems, but, in the middle overs, we were still running between the working wickets.
“It’s in operation. We have some young bats. We have to give them some time. Once they get used to the conditions, they will definitely shoot.”