Newly-appointed Indian women’s cricket coach WV Raman. @ PTI

Mumbai: Newly-appointed Indian women’s head coach WV Raman said the women’s team reaching finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup was an indication of its talent.

“They almost won the World Cup in England, which is one of the reasons I put my hat into the ring. That to me was an indication that there is great talent. They are capable of going places and that is what I am going to be looking at as to how to guide them to play as well as they did in the last 18 (months), hopefully better than what did they in the last 18 months,” Raman said at the team’s pre-departure press conference on Sunday. (ALSO READ: I believe I will be able to get the team together again: Mithali Raj)

“They have set a high standards and it augurs well and everybody should be looking towards doing much better,” Raman said.

Raman also said this was a crucial phase for the women’s team. “This is a stage where they can really sky-rocket or if things do not go well, things can really go down south. At this point I thought they would require somebody with experience and also somebody who has seen a gamut of teams and performed various roles. They needed somebody like that to guide them. I fancy myself and that’s the reason here I am,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, talking about her future, Mithali Raj said she would take one series at a time.

“I do not know where I would be 2-3 months from now; I cannot really predict whether I will be part of the T20 World Cup. For me at this juncture this New Zealand tour is as important, very important in fact (as to) how it goes for the team and for me.” (ALSO READ: Mithali, Harmanpreet remain ODI and T20 captains; Veda dropped for NZ tour)

And did Mithali ever-think of quitting from T20 and the reply was negative. “Whatever has happened is off the field and I believe whenever I take that decision it probably will be because of my own reasoning and about my own game,” she stressed.

Mithali and T20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur had differences of opinion, but according to Mithali, the two have moved on.

“We (she and Harmanpreet) did meet up after what happened and I think both of us have moved on. I guess too much emphasis is given to that controversy, it was last year and all of us should look forward to 2019,” she emphasised. (ALSO READ: No problem between me and Mithali, have always respected her: Harmanpreet)

The ODI skipper also noted that the controversy did hamper the women’s cricket.

“I do not know how controversies help the profile of the sport. I believe when a lot is being spoken about non-cricketing things, it is not so good,” she signed off.