India Women vs New Zealand Women: Veteran Indian batter Mithali Raj was not picked for the 1st T20I against New Zealand and social sphere cannot believe it. Priya Punia is making her debut and it was Mithali who handed her the ever-so-special maiden cap. This is the first time Indian eves are featuring in a T20I after the loss in the T20 World semi-final. Mithali was not picked for that game as well after she had slammed a couple of fifties and that is what bewildered fans. Mithali, undoubtedly, is the most experienced Indian women cricketer and to not pick her has raised eyebrows.

Here is how fans felt let down and shocked after she was not picked in the starting XI:

Some fans believe this is a transition in progress. A few irate fans also blamed Harmanpreet Kaur for the benching of Mithali.

Indian women cricket team’s seniormost player Mithali Raj in all likelihood will bring down curtains on her T20 International career after the home series against England while continuing in the 50-over format where she is still the captain of the side.

“Mithali understands that skipper Harmanpreet Kaur will like to concentrate on building a team for the 2020 World T20 and that she is unlikely to feature in that tournament,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.

“But a player of her stature should get a warm send-off and that is likely to be against England,” the official said.