The way he has transformed us as a team, I feel no reason to replace him with any better at this point in time when the team is coordinating well with him and amongst each other. Mithali Raj, having been disappointed with how things have unfolded for her, overtly expressed the influence of coach Ramesh Powar in her ouster while also maintaining that she has no issues with Harmanpreet Kaur and if there are any could be solved for the betterment of the team.
E xpressing her sentiments, Harmanpreet wrote, "I am writing to bring it under your notice that how tremendously our team has gone under positive changes in the past few months and has set a benchmark in the world top teams".
Sir Ramesh Powar not only improved us as players but also did motivate us to set targets and challenge our own limits.
Powar hit back by accusing Mithali of "blackmailing and pressurising coaches" apart from causing division in the team, in his 10-page report to Johri and Karim.
"Since the introduction of our new coach Ramesh Powar, he along with the support of the staff has boosted our confidence as a team which helped us win 14 consecutive T20 matches before semi-finals".
They said that Powar has instilled the team with vast self-belief and that the coach and Mithali should solve the issue between them. "The decision was entirely based on the cricketing logic and observations from the past". Keeping in mind the need of the hour where me and Smrithi, the selector (Sudha Shah) and the coach together in the presence of our manager felt that we should go ahead with the winning combination.
If one reads between the lines of Harmanpreet and Smriti's near-identical letters, the duo has not only sided with Powar, but also indirectly indicated that the veteran isn't welcome, at least in India's T20 change room. "May god give strength".
According to several reports, Powar had no answer to defend his decision when he was asked why Mithali's strike rate didn't come in the way of her selection for the games against Ireland and Pakistan.
Now, T20 skipper Harmanpreet has written an email to the BCCI saying that Powar should be allowed to continue as head coach of the women's team as he has brought in a necessary change of mentality within the dressing room. One of the tweets - they were all later deleted - called Harmanpreet a "manipulative, lying, cheat".
The scenario regarding the women's cricket team coaching has been dodgy. Tushar Arothe quit following differences with the senior players over training methods in August while the situation involving Powar has decimated the morale of the team and created differences between Mithali and Harmanpreet.