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‘Team needs players of Sneh’s caliber who can take pressure’

Worcester, July 5 (IANS) Indian women’s team coach Ramesh Powar has said that all-rounder Sneh Rana is someone who can play in crunchy situations and that the team needs players of “her caliber who can take pressure”.

Sneh Rana’s 24 out of 22 balls and her 50-run partnership for the fifth wicket with skipper Mithali Raj played a key role in India’s victory in the third and final ODI against England women here on 3 July. Sneh also bowled seven overs, conceding 31 runs and taking an arrow. India lost the series 1-2.

“I think Sneh is found in this series that she bowled in Southampton in practice, we thought we should give her a chance and the think tank thought, you know … it was a difficult decision to play two off- spinners in XI, but she has just played her part right up to it and I am really happy for her, ”Powar said in a video posted by the Indian Cricket Board on Monday.

“Being an off-spinner (myself) I can see the talent. She (Sneh) is a player who can play in crunchy situations, and that was what we needed, because when the big series comes up, we need players of caliber who can take pressure. ”

At the consolation victory of the third ODI in Worcester, Powar said: “The Bowlers brought us back into the game. We have to learn many things from this series. I think the course has improved tremendously, bowling has improved tremendously, batting needs to be up if we are aiming for the world championship. ”

Powar was all praise for skipper Mithai Raj, who scored half a century in all three ODIs.

“I think she deserves all the praise; she has served the game for 22 years. I think she’s a role model for a lot of girls. She won the last ODI alone. I chased 220 on a low jump track, I think she took us over the line. ”

–IANS

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