Ramesh Powar took over as Mumbai coach for the Vijay Hazare Trophy just 10 days before the start of the tournament. After an embarrassing performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, it was not easy for the local legend to bounce back – even in such a short span of time.
But Power – who had coached his close friend Amit Pegnis – knew that it was only a short time before Mumbai came back from winning. The idea was simple – return the players and get the best out of them.
The team went on a trip to Jaipur for the league stage, with Pawar and other support staff having a long session with the players and clarifying what was expected of them.
Pavel told Sportsstar on Monday, “I told him in my first meeting that the last two weeks have been difficult, but there is no point crying. So go ahead and look at the things you have on hand.” Mumbai then won the title.
The disastrous tour of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy drew a lot of criticism for the Mumbai cricketers, and thus motivated the players to overcome obstacles and achieve success. “The boys were very keen to respond to criticism – a lot was said about them. I told them that this is a professional sport and we can’t get emotional. Pawar said, ‘We have to put our feet somewhere to find fault.’ Have to put down. And find a new combination. ‘Is needed.
Even though the team had experienced campaigners – Shreyas Yar Yaar, Suryakumar Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aditya Tare, Prithvi Shaw – it was important to restore confidence. “We knew the mindset had to change, and we had to dominate. You couldn’t take part in the tournament, you had to dominate the game. And once you knew what you needed to do, you would accordingly Ready and okay. This is what we have planned. “
Just 10 days before the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Ramesh Powar captained the Mumbai team.
An experienced coach, Pawar is considered a difficult task master and to go home, he challenged the players with his ability. “I told him you’re not who you are. You could be better, and he responded very well. We had a 22-member team and we prioritized 15, and on the 15th we also shortlisted 11. We did. We addressed each player. Differently – there was a team in a session where we talked about their role in the team.
The coach remembers the veteran promotional star who converted the start into a big score. Where the stars and all the players took things positively, the coaching staff also ensured that the players were given ‘protection’ – which resulted in the result. He said, ‘The security for the players was that they would play three or four matches. I was very straight forward and told them what it was. I told the seven players who had not played, so they could prepare for the next season and help the team this time. He took it positively and worked to improve his game. It was a good thing.
When the support staff was coaching the team to the best of their ability, the senior players noted a very young age – which ultimately helped start Mumbai on a positive note.
Another fact that worked for the team was that it stayed inside the bubble for about a month. With the distraction, the players had only one task – to focus on the game. He said, “It helped him a lot because he was in his room and in the second part of the day we had a 20-22 minute meeting with each player during the quarantine. The MCA physio and players knew the whole day. What to expect Go. ” In those days.
The Mushtaq Ali Trophy was on fire due to the defeat. Everyone was inspired and well dressed. After the quarantine ended, they were eager to enter the fray and we could manage them. We make sure that they do not overdo things. We started a few games, then a light fielding session and slowly, they were able to hit the net. If you go straight to the net, it is not possible for the fast bowlers to find the rhythm … “
Mumbai also caught Prithvi Shaw – who became the highest individual run-scorer in his kitty with 827 runs. Pawar was praised for the young batsman who was dropped from the Indian team after a pink ball test in Adelaide in December last year. Returning to India, he worked on his technique and eventually led Mumbai to victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
“When I met him in Mumbai, he was very upset because he was trying a lot of things. He struggled with his batting, but once he landed in Jaipur, he concentrated on his batting in the first practice session. He knew from the beginning what he wanted to do and we observed it. The captaincy also played a big role as I am sure he wanted to be the captain of this team.
He said, “From body language and the sentences used in the conversation, it was clear that he took the role seriously and wanted to make an impact through captaincy as there are so many young players. It was for the youth there. ” Wanted to stop. – And before the final, he threw two hours and did not even bat, he wanted to make an impact with captaincy and batting.
The former Indian spinner also impressed that the show leaves no one else to finish the game. “He wanted to give a quick start to the finals, so the captaincy helped.”
This time due to not having a Ranji Trophy, many players – who are not part of the IPL – will now be lean, and Powar hopes to learn from the season and return next season. Ultimately, practice makes a norm.