WV Raman, India’s former coach, suggested on Tuesday that flamboyant opener Smriti Mandhana should be given the captaincy after the forthcoming Women’s World Cup, regardless of the outcome of the major tournament. Since her international debut in 2013, Mandhana, 25, has developed into one of the team’s important players.

“Captaincy has nothing to do with age, but I am confident that Mandhana is capable of leading the team. She is an excellent reader of the game and has played cricket for a few years. It’s a good time, and awarding the captaincy to a younger cricketer means they’ll be able to lead the team for a few years “,Raman told PTI.

“However, because of the forthcoming World Cup, this is not the time to pass over the captaincy. So simply to hold on to what has happened recently, and potentially, after the World Cup, regardless of the results, I believe the captaincy can be passed on to Smriti Mandhana,” he continued.

Mithali Raj, a 38-year-old veteran, currently leads India’s Test and ODI teams, while Harmanpreet Kaur, 32, leads the T20I side. Mandhana will start the three-match T20 International series against Australia on a high note, having produced a superb first century against the hosts in a one-off day/night Test.

Given their previous performances in England and Australia, the former coach believes India is well prepared for the World Cup. In March and April of next year, New Zealand will host the ODI World Cup. Raman, unlike a few others in the fraternity, is opposed to the game’s governing body making women’s Tests a five-day affair, as calls were made after the India-Australia day/night game ended in a draw after a substantial portion of it was lost to bad weather.