Bangladesh national women cricket team’s assistant coach Devieka Palshikar on Tuesday said that she wouldn’t think about their opponents in the upcoming 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and would rather ask the team focus on their own game.
‘Even during the Asia Cup, we didn’t think about opponents, our main planning was how we can do better. We will keep that same momentum, we don’t want to think who our opponents are,’ Devieka told reporters in Mirpur.
‘If we are doing well we will continue doing that, our focus is more on how girls can do well. We want to focus on that and forget about the opponents,’ she added.
Bangladesh are grouped with sides like England, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the defending champions, hosts West Indies in the tournament that is scheduled to take place from November 9.
Talking about the challenges in the upcoming contest, Devieka hinted that fielding would be an important aspect to work on while the team management was satisfied with the performance of batting and bowling sectors.
‘Right now the girls are doing everything well. They scored 140+ in the qualifiers and we chased 140+ in Asia Cup also, and we defended very low target also. We are not worried about their batting or bowling.
‘But in fielding they can improve little more. Sometimes we miss catches. If they practice more, in short games like this, it’s the only department which makes lots of difference,’ said Devieka.
About the batting strength of the side, Devieka said, first six overs would be the key to capitalise to win the match while the fitness will be crucial to ensure the running between-the-wicket.
‘We will focus more in the first six overs and we want to capitalise with power hitting and running between the wickets. But that comes under fitness again – power and agility.
‘We are more concerned about their fitness because there comes the running in between. If you are fit you will run more confident automatically,’ she said.
Talking about the lack of power hitting in the match, she said it was the mindset that hindered them from playing independently.
‘I don’t think they lack in power, only thing is, mindset. In last two-three tournaments in every match we have hit two or more sixes. So there are three-four players who have power but their lacking was little bit of confidence,’ said Devieka. ‘I don’t know what instructions the previous coaches were giving them, maybe playing grounded shots more. But now the head-coach gave them freehand and they were doing well.
‘And if you are getting two-three sixes in girl’s cricket, this is good. But trying to focus on that also, seven – eight sixes will be great’, she added.
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