Need sports psychologist for India women’s team, says coach Tushar Arothe to India Today

Need sports psychologist for India women’s team, says coach Tushar Arothe to India Today

first_imgTushar Arothe, in just about 3 months with the India women, has guided the team to the final of the Women’s World Cup, where Mithali Raj and co lost to hosts Englad by just 9 runs.Arothe told India Today that the girls were very down after the loss in the final of the Women’s World Cup and they may need a sports psychologist for the next tournament.”Due to lack of experience and panic we could not finish it off (in the final). The team was down after the final and for the first two days, no one spoke. Now they have become a bit normal. I hope we can pick up from here and move on.”We may need a sports psychologist for the next tournament and BCCI will help us with that. From here we have to know to handle such situations better,” Arothe told India Today.Indian women have prospered under him in the World Cup. Mithali scored 409 runs in nine matches with one hundred against New Zealand and finished as the tournament’s second highest run-getter behind England’s Tammy Beaumont. Harmanpreet, thanks to her unbeaten 171 against Australia in the semi-final, has amassed 359 runs while Poonam Raut, with her consistency, ended fifth on the list with 381 runs.Among the bowlers, Deepti Sharma is the highest Indian wicket-taker with 12 wickets in nine games and she is third on the overall list followed by Poonam Yadav with 11 wickets and Jhulan Goswami with 10 scalps.Arothe had coached the Indian women’s team before between 2008-2012 and also had a stint as the fielding coach. He knows the senior players like Mithali and Jhulan Goswami having worked with them.advertisementBefore the start of the World Cup Arothe had stressed on the importance of fielding and fitness which was an area of concern for this Indian team and he spoke of the same after the tournament as well.”I told the team after the match that we are aware of our shortcomings. I asked them to get fitter and we will work on the fielding and fitness. Skill wise, we are No. 1,” Arothe said.Arothe further said that they have to take positives from the tournament and put the loss behind them to progress ahead.”Our preparation tournament in South Africa worked well for us. We have learned a lot from the game in England. We have to take positives and move forward,” Arothe added.He praised Harmanpreet’s semi-final knock and said it’s the best he has seen in his life.”Harmanpreet’s knock in semis was one of the best I have seen in my life and that’s why we reached the final. If not for her knock, to beat a team like Australia was very difficult. Her batting put Australia on the backfoot,” Arothe said.Arothe also supported Mithali’s thought on Women’s IPL and mentioned the valuable experience Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur got from the Women’s Big Bash.”If women’s IPL happens, it will be great. Harmanpreet and Smriti benefited a lot from Big Bash. Smriti got only two knocks in the tournament but won us those games and Harmanpreet won us the semi-final.”last_img

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