Coaching the Indian women's team will be challenging, says W.V. Raman

Though he comes with a vast coaching experience, this is for the first time W.V. Raman will coach a women’s team and he agrees that it will have its challenges.

Indian women's cricket team coach W.V. Raman strikes a pose ahead of the Press conference.   -  Prashant Nakwe

As W.V. Raman starts his new assignment as the head coach of India’s women’s cricket team, he believes that it is the beginning of a new chapter.

“It is definitely going to be a new chapter, and I, for one, never look back in life. I always take things as they are today, and based on what we do today, I like to devise some benefits,” Raman said in the team’s pre-departure interaction on Sunday.

Though he comes with a vast coaching experience, this is for the first time Raman will coach a women’s team and he agrees that it will have its challenges.

“This is slightly different in the sense that its a different segment, but again, the common denominator is cricket. In terms of training and technique, there’s isn’t much of a difference,” Raman said. 

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Instead of looking at what has happened in the past, Raman wants to see it himself and then make a fair analysis of the team.

“I would like to go there, see the team getting into the nets, doing its preparations, and take it from there. Because what happened in (the nationals in) Vijayawada has got nothing to do with what’s going to happen in New Zealand. It’s all about now on, and like in sport, especially in cricket, is not about what we can do today, it's about what we can do tomorrow. So there’s no point in going back in time,” Raman said.

Given that the girls have never been to New Zealand, how much of a challenge will this tour be?

“Any tour abroad is a challenge. there are two ways of looking at this particular series - one is that the entire team hasn't been there, which means that they can always go with an open mind, have no fears and get on with it. The other side is that New Zealand will see a lot of unknown quantities, that can always be dangerous in cricket,” Raman said.

India will leave for New Zealand on Monday and is scheduled to play a practice game before the ODI series that begins on January 24.

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