Meet ‘Dronacharya’ behind Indian eves’ remarkable World Cup journey
New Delhi: The whole nation was in shock when former skipper Punam Rao was removed from the head coach post of Indian women's Cricket team and Tushar Arothe was enthroned in her place.
The thing which drew flak was the timing of this big change as it was done barely two months before the start of Women's World Cup.
The Cricket pundits were busy scratching their heads behind the removal of Punam Rao under whom Indian women have proved their worth by playing some awe-inspiring Cricket. Several even termed the decision disastrous before the biggest event of Cricket.
Unaffected by the criticism from experts and media, Arothe remained cool and composed, a fashion which suits him the most.
The performance of Indian eves since his enthronement got better with every player putting her best.
Captain Mithali Raj was the one who was at her very best under Arothe's tenure. Her sumptuous form left opponents running out of ideas. Mithali ended up as highest run-getter scoring 409 runs in the World Cup.
Other players like Harmanpreet Kaur, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Ekta Bisht also gave sterling efforts in every match, showing their pure and brute form.
Arothe, who coached women's team between 2008-2012 also knows how to get best out of senior players like Mithali and Jhulan Gowswami.
He was the one who did not take fielding and fitness as things to ignore. He even put more focus to it, which India was lacking before.
Before India's departure for England, he had said that batting and bowling are team's strengths but we are bit behind to other sides when it comes to fitness and fielding.
The fielding, however, is still not up-to-date but Indian eves have improvised a lot.
Tushar Arothe has been an experienced man when it comes to coaching. He coached teams like Baroda, Chhattisgarh, Under-16s, and Baroda men's team 2016-17.
Former Baroda batsman Arothe's first-class career could inspire any young talent. In 114 matches, he scored 6105 runs at an average of 37.22. He has got 13 tons and 31 fifties to his name.
Aarothe's List A career includes 1037 runs in 51 matches with five half-centuries. He made his first-class debut in 1985 while his List A span was from 1988-2003.
Led by seasoned campaigner Jhulan Goswami (3/23), India restricted England to 228/7 but despite Punam Raut's defiant 86 and Harmanpreet Kaur's dogged 51, India failed to hold their nerves towards the end, throwing away the final to England which was their for sure until Punam Raut lost her wicket.