Veteran India women cricketer Mithali Raj has finally responded to coach Ramesh Powar’s ‘aspersions’ where the coach called the cricketer hard to handle. Mithali has responded to that and stated that her patriotism has been doubted. After Mithali broke her silence on being dropped during the semi-finals against England, she claimed she was humiliated and it was biased during the ICC Women’s World T20 where she was dropped. She blamed Powar for neglected her during net sessions. After Mithali broke her silence, Powar responded and claimed that the record T20I run-scorer for India had threatened to retire ahead of the Pakistan encounter. Mithali took to Twitter and cleared her position on that. Her Twitter post read, “I’m deeply saddened & hurt by the aspersions cast on me. My commitment to the game & 20yrs of playing for my country.The hard work, sweat, in vain. Today, my patriotism doubted, my skill set questioned & all the mud slinging- it’s the darkest day of my life. May god give strength.” Also Read - IPL 2020: Fans Welcome MS Dhoni Ahead of Season Opener vs Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi, Welcome Back Dhoni Becomes Country's Top Trend
“I hope Mithali Raj stops blackmailing, pressurising coaches & also stops putting her interest first than team’s,” Powar wrote in his report, accessed by ESPNcricinfo. “I hope she will look at the bigger picture & work towards the betterment of the Indian women’s cricket.”
It does not seem like this controversy is going to end soon. Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar also took to Twitter and said that he felt sorry for the cricketer and stated that the content of the letter should not have come out.
India lost the game against England and was knocked out of the tournament.