This message comes ahead of the upcoming three-match T20I series against England, set to kick off in Mumbai on Wednesday.
‘Preparation for 2024 T20 World Cup‘
Muzumdar highlighted the significance of every step taken from this point forward, emphasizing that the team is now in the process of preparing for the T20 World Cup scheduled for September-October 2024 in Bangladesh.
This indicates a strategic approach to building a competitive and well-rounded team for the upcoming global event.
“We need to play a certain brand of cricket, which we have been known for so far. Fearless cricket is something which I have always advocated. We would be playing that brand of cricket,” Muzumdar told reporters on Tuesday ahead of the team’s training session at the Wankhede Stadium.
“Shafali (Verma) and Jemimah (Rodrigues) are both very important cog in the wheel. I would like them to continue what they have been doing.”
“We are moving towards the World Cup. Every series and match will have its own importance. The series against England and Australia will count a lot,” said Muzumdar who is starting his coaching stint with the women’s national team during the three-match T20I series against England.
“We had a chat about it with the team and they (players) are all raring to go. Every step that we take (hereon) is (about) moving towards the World Cup.
“England and Australia will be a superb series to start the preparations (for the World Cup). (Both) will be tough series (and) will give us an indication of where we are. Going forward, the tougher the opposition, the better it is,” he said.
‘No compromise on fielding and fitness standards’
After the contest against England, India face Australia in another home series.
Muzumdar has made it clear that there will be no compromise on fielding and fitness standards under his coaching tenure. He emphasized that specific parameters have been established, and the team is diligently following them.
This underscores Muzumdar’s commitment to maintaining high levels of fitness and fielding proficiency within the India women’s cricket team.
“Fielding and fitness are of highest priority. There is no compromise on fielding or fitness. There will be a lot of camps post this series — a lot of cricket will be played — at NCA or some other place,” he said.
“That means more exposure. All the fringe and new players will also get an opportunity.”
‘Dismal home record against England does not bother new coach’
India’s record of only seven wins in 27 matches against England in T20Is (home and away) does not bother the new coach who has urged his team to leave the past behind.
“As a team, we have decided to leave the statistics and whatever has happened behind us. We are looking forward to a fresh start,” said the domestic batting stalwart.
“The numbers are there to be seen, but these girls and the team are looking forward to the season ahead. We are not going to go back in history — of course it is important — but at the same time, it is also important to look forward to the season ahead. They are all raring to go.”
‘Cooley named India’s new bowling coach’
Muzumdar informed that Troy Cooley has been named the bowling coach for the series against England (three T20Is, one Test) and Australia (one Test, three T20Is and three ODIs).
He said women’s cricket in India is on ‘cusp of something big’ with the inaugural Women’s Premier League garnering a lot of response from the fans.
“It was a fantastic advertisement for women’s cricket last year. We all saw how many people turned up for the game. We all are on the cusp of getting it big in women’s cricket. The crowd turning up for the game is absolutely a boost for everyone,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)