A day after Indian women’s T20I captain Harmanpreet Kaur backed coached Ramesh Powar and requested the BCCI to extend his term as the head coach of the Indian team, former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar took a jibe at Harmanpreet stating that she is exaggerating the coach’s role in the team.

Manjrekar, who was on commentary duties for the ICC Women’s World T20 2018, was also critical of dropping Mithali Raj for the semi-final fixture against England.

Manjrekar said on Twitter, Harmanpreet needs reminding that when Powar was not coach India reached the finals of the WC and almost won it. By suggesting that if Powar is removed we have to start from scratch is an exaggeration of any coach’s role in the team.


A day earlier, Harmanpreet had written a letter to the BCCI stating that Powar’s term should be extended keeping in mind that he (Powar) has transformed the team since he took over and she doesn’t feel any reason to replace him.

“I, as the T20 captain and ODI vice-captain is appealing before you to allow Powar to further continue as our team coach. There are hardly 15 months for the next T20 World Cup and a month to go for the New Zealand tour. The way he has transformed us as a team, I feel no reason to replace him.”

“Our defeat in the semi-finals was very disheartening and it brings us all to feel more miserable to see how the controversies has stained our image and questioned the entire cricket fraternity. Sir Ramesh Powar not only improved us as players but did motivate us to set targets and challenge our own limits. He has changed the face of Indian women’s cricket team both technically and strategically. He has inculcated in us the sense of winning,” she added.