India women's cricket star Harmanpreet Kaur wants mentor, more support staff

While R Sridhar's tenure as Team India's fielding coach still hangs in balance, India women's cricket team vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur is in keen to have the services of the Karnataka-based coach.

Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur

For the Indian women's cricket standards to rise, the prolific batswoman, who is the first Indian to be signed by the Women's Big Bash League recently, wants men in their support staff. "We just have one coach (Purnima Rau) who has to do everything. In the last World T20, she was the only one running around, but she still managed everything efficiently. If we can get more support staff and some men in the set up, we will definitely improve.

I hope we get some men's coaches. I have discussed this with BCCI officials and they have assured as that they will appoint someone very soon. "Personally, I would like to have R Sridhar sir. We worked with him at the National Cricket Academy camp. If we get him as the head coach, it will be great," Kaur told mid-day on the sidelines of a Nike event in the city yesterday.

Kaur also hoped an Indian cricketing icon would make himself available to mentor of the women's team. "There are many greats in Indian cricket. If we can get a cricketing icon as our mentor, it's nothing like it. A lot will change for women's cricket. We need someone who can share their rich experience with us," Kaur

All set for WBBL
Kaur is set to play for Sydney Thunder in the WBBL. "It is almost done. I have signed the papers and everything is done. They will reveal it to the media in a couple of days," Kaur said.

"I am very excited. I am preparing to tackle Australian conditions. I am trying to get into the routine as quickly as possible, so that I can feel comfortable," said Kaur, who has played two Tests, 55 ODIs and 61 T20Is.

The 27-year-old cricketer said the experience of playing Down Under will help her overcome many fears related to her game. "We don't get international exposure like the men's team. We hardly play internationally. So, if I play there (WBBL), I will get to play 15 to 17 matches. There are little fears in my mind like overcoming pressure etc which I will learn to overcome with experience.

"The experience of playing alongside some top-class women's cricketers is exciting. There is a lot to learn from them. The confidence will help when I come back to play with the Indian team. I will share my experience with them as well," said Kaur.

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