Former India Women’s team coach WV Raman backs Smriti Mandhana to become India’s next captain. He suggests that regardless of the result in the upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup, Smriti Mandhana should become India’s captain. The opener is in fine form. Lately, she scored her maiden Test century against Australia. Mandhana continues to impress with her batting and has gathered the praises of many. Including the former coach of the Indian Women’s team.
Currently, 38-year-old veteran Mithali Raj captains India’s Test and ODI side. While Harmanpreet Kaur is in charge of India’s T20 team. However, former India’s Women’s team coach suggests that the captaincy should be handed over to Smriti Mandhana. Raman guided India to the T20 World Cup final last year. India faced Australia and lost by 85 runs. However, earlier this year, Ramesh Powar replaced him.
Recently WV Raman spoke to PTI. He said, “Captaincy has got nothing to do with age, but I am convinced that Mandhana can be the captain. She is a good reader of the game and has already played a few years of cricket.”
“It can be a good time and giving captaincy to a younger cricketer means they can lead the side for a stretch for some years.”
He also added saying, “But this is not the right time for handing over the captaincy because of the upcoming World Cup. So just to hold on to whatever is happening in the recent past and perhaps, after the World Cup, regardless of the results, I think the captaincy can be handed over to Smriti Mandhana.”