“I think, yeah, she [Mandhana] has been working very hard,” Cooley said. “And I think from today, it’ll obviously be assessed after today, but she did everything she was needed to be done today. And I think, yeah, from us, we look at how she pulls up. But we’re pretty confident that she got through the session today and did everything she needed to do.”
Mandhana had also missed India’s second warm-up game, but stand-in coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar confirmed that there was no fracture.
Troy Cooley backs ‘exceptional’ Deepti Sharma
“Well, as you know, she [Deepti] is an exceptional player and she bowled three overs in the powerplay, one at the death with three fielders out. So, we know that those are high-pressure times, but you know, who better to give the ball to than someone like Deepti? The conversations are really, you know, did you bowl the ball you want? Did you have the field you wanted? And away you go. So, you know, we let things go as much as we can, but the girls are very good at reviewing their own performances.
“We have some good conversations with them. If we find something that we need to add, we will add it. And they’re very open to input. So a lot of growth in the girls, of course, but Deepti is one of the key players and she’s going to go for a few runs some days. That’s just the nature of this T20 game. But she bowled in the high-pressure situations and we believe she did a good job.”