Sydney: R Sridhar, the fielding coach of the men's cricket team, said that pep talks from him and M S Dhoni might have contributed to the aggressive approach that Mithali Raj and Co displayed.
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Pic//AFP
Sridhar said the girls played fearlessly, something that he and the men's team members had advised them to do in a chance meeting in Australia.
"It was nice to bump into the Indian women's team at Adelaide before the first T20I. I know the girls well from my tenure at the National Cricket Academy and we have helped them in a few camps," Sridhar told bcci.tv.
"All I told them was – 'these are one of the best batting wickets around the country and chasing a score will be a very good option. The very fact that captain Dhoni, Kohli, Harbhajan, Rahane and a few other boys went and met the girls at the ground shows that the men's team takes equal interest in the women's game," Sridhar said.