The senior-most cricketer of the Indian women’s cricket team and captain of the ODI and Test format, Mithali Raj, has found herself at the center of yet another controversy.
Raj was dropped from the Indian women’s T20I squad for the 1st match against New Zealand that the Women in Blue lost on Wednesday. While captain Harmanpreet Kaur explained that the move was to give the younger girls a chance, ex-coach of the women’s team Tushar Arothe called bluff on it.
He said, “If Mithali is not in the team’s frame, then why was she selected for the New Zealand T20 series in the first place? It is absolutely fair to give chances to youngsters, but then, was this communicated to the selectors when the team was picked for the T20 series? There is a major communication gap between the captain/coach and the selectors over Mithali. To keep your senior-most player on the bench is just absurd. I would have played her.”