India vs Eng 1st T20I – Muzumdar – ‘No compromise on fielding and fitness’ – LSB

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In his first press conference as India’s head coach, Amol Muzumdar picked fitness and fielding as top priority areas ahead of the women’s T20I series opener against England.

Playing and fitness are top priority,” Muzumdar said on the eve of the first T20I. “There is no compromise on playing and fitness. There will be a lot of camps going on after this series and going into next season. There will be a lot of cricket either in the NCA or somewhere or the other.

“More exposure, fitness and fielding will be my top priority. The fringe players – the new generation coming through – will get equal opportunities. These are the key things we will do moving forward after this series.”

India began preparations for the multi-format series against England and Australia – including two one-off Tests – in mid-November at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. After a four-day training match, they camped for three days before landing at Wankhede on 2 December. Aside from the skill aspects, the focus was on the physical fitness aspects with standards being set.

“The targets have already been set,” Mozumdar said. “We already had some [fitness] The test was done when we were at NCA in Bengaluru. [The parameters] It already exists and we are following it very strictly and religiously moving forward. “There will be three tests per season, and this is already being monitored.”

Muzumdar called on the batsmen to play fearlessly starting with Shafali Verma. In T20Is in 2023, India’s openers have had fifty-run partnerships only twice. Shafali is averaging 20.45 in 11 outings this year and has a strike rate of 112.50 – well below his career strike rate of 130.58.

“We need to play a certain brand of cricket, which is what we are known for,” Muzumdar said. “Al-Shafly and Jemima [Rodrigues] Both are very important cogs in the wheel. I would like them to continue what they have been doing.

“Gauntlet cricket is something I have always stood for. We will play that kind of cricket.”

This is the first time India is playing a T20I at Wankhede and the opener against England will be the second women’s T20I at the venue. Muzumdar, who played most of his domestic cricket in Mumbai, was nostalgic when talking about the place but warned against complacency.

“Back in Wankhede, I will be starting a new role on home soil,” he said. “I have played all my cricket since childhood here. [It is] It’s great to start the series here in Wankhede. [We are] “I am aware of the conditions but I cannot become complacent because every match has its own challenges.”

India have won just seven of their 27 T20Is against England, but Muzumdar ignored the numbers.

“We have decided to leave the statistics and everything that happened behind us. We are looking forward to a fresh start. The numbers are there to be seen, but these girls and the team are looking forward to next season. We are not going to go back to history – of course that is important – but at the same time, it is also important to look forward to the season.” “Next.”

DRS is the first of its kind women’s duo series in India

The series will be the first to have a Decision Review System (DRS) for a women’s dual series in India. Each team will have two reviews in the T20Is and three in each round in the one-off Test.

DRS was first introduced in women’s cricket in the 2017 ODI World Cup but was inconsistent in the doubles. The Women’s T20 World Cup in 2018 was the first T20 edition to implement a review system. For bilateral series, it is up to the host boards to obtain broadcast facilities for the DRS.

While England have had DRS in their home series for a while, Muzumdar said India has a “DRS committee” to deal with what he called “the important aspect of the game”.

“We have already had a discussion about it. We have a DRS committee in place. It is an important aspect of the game. It can be a game-changer or a series-changer. Every little aspect will be taken care of.” We already have a committee to deal with that.”

England captain Heather Knight, on the other hand, revealed the key members of DRS’s on-field decisions, having become accustomed to the system in the women’s 100 as well.

“We are really used to playing with DRS at the international and local levels,” she said. “Me and the player and [wicketkeeper] Amy Jones is really essential when it comes to information. I’m not sure I’m the best at it, and I don’t think I have a great DRS record. “Yes, one of the people you trust in your player and your goalkeeper to try to solve the problem.”

S Sudarshanan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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