“We are a team in development and processes and plans will evolve,” Powar said on the eve of the semi-finals. “We’re not going to put one player in one place and try to get the best out of them.
“As a team management we felt that Jemi is ready for this as she has been playing in England for a while in the Hundred or T20s. So we thought we would take a chance on her and promote her.”
“It’s an evolving process and we’re learning every day,” Powar says. “We don’t get carried away by performances or failures. We try to give them space and if someone clicks, we try to continue with that player.”
Powar said Taniya’s inclusion was to have their best wicketkeeper play in crunch situations, where conditions can be tricky.
“When you come to a squad tournament, you’re done with the players and all 15 are available. It’s not a bilateral series where you give a player a chance to see how she handles the game,” Powar said. “We want to use everything we have in our arsenal. We felt that Taniya could be a game-changer as far as wicketkeeping is concerned because we have quality bowlers. Taniya has been very good with her goalkeeping over the past few years and that makes a difference.”
“It gives us goosebumps,” Powar said of the idea of India winning a medal in cricket. “We watched the long jump of one of our athletes who gave us silver. That gave us the impression that the boy was trying very hard.
“Our job is to go out and try as hard as he does. We have seen him take the silver medal live and will put out our best performance to win a medal.” A win for India in the semi-final against England will secure them a medal, while a loss would leave them battling for bronze.