Indian Women’s cricket team is going through a tough phase after the much talked about the conflict between the coach Ramesh Power and senior cricketer Mithali Raj. Interestingly when Mithali went against the coach, Harmanpreet Kaur and Smriti Mandhana showed their support towards him.
Following the conflict also due to the completion of tenure of Ramesh Power as a coach, Board of Cricket Control of India is all set to welcome the new coach. There are a lot of big names that include some foreigners and some Indian legends who have already applied for the job.
We are looking into the top 3 candidates who can eventually become the new coach of Indian women’s cricket team.
The mastermind behind the 1996 world cup victory of Sri Lanka was their coach Dav Whatmore when they defeated powerful Australia at the Gaddafi stadium. His strategy of power hitting during the first 15 overs helped Sri Lanka to come victorious whereas it was later used by many teams and became a norm in one-day internationals. The aggressive batting of the opening pair Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana to give the team a powerful start set a new benchmark. The calmness of Dav Whatmore could never reveal his aggressive strategies against the opponent, and this became his biggest strength. He also served as the coach of Bangladesh cricket team from 2003 to 2007, and Bangladesh got their first ever Test match victory during his tenure in 2005. Later he guided India U-19 team captained by Virat Kohli to win the 2008 ICC U-19 World Cup in Malaysia.
This former Australian cricketer played eight Tests and 76 ODIs for Australia. Tom Moody was a hard-hitting batsman with a medium pace bowling quality was also a decent slip fielder. He made his ODI debut against India in 1987 and had a decent one-day international career including his key role in Australia’s world cup win in 1999. He scored 61 in his first test match against New Zealand and promoted to open the batting order against Sri Lanka that eventually didn’t work out and made his way out of the test squad. After retirement, Tom Moody went into cricket coaching. Life took a full circle for Moody when he got chance to coach Sri Lankan cricket team and took them to the final of the World Cup in 2007. He then went on to contribute to the domestic cricket circuit in Australia. Later he became the coach of Kings XI Punjab and also led Sunrisers Hyderabad in their maiden title win in Indian Premier League and also had few stints in Big Bash League.
Venkatesh Prasad was a regular name in Indian cricket team during 90’s could move the ball in both ways and that’s what made him special for the team. He was a slow seamer and was more effective in the away matches. But surprisingly his most outstanding spell came at Chennai in 1999 and he ended Pakistan’s second innings of a test match with a devastating figure of 6 for 33 that included a spell of 5 for 0. Once he took 10 wickets during a test match in Durban against South Africa. Fondly called as Vishy, Prasad was a useful weapon in the limited over matches as well. He took 196 wickets from 161 ODIs with an average of 32.30. Post his bowling career he went into coaching and was appointed as the coach of U-19 Indian team that finished as runners up in 2006 U-19 world cup. Later he was also recruited as the bowling coach of the senior team in 2007. He also had his IPL stints with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab.