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“Mithali was aloof, difficult to handle,” Powar

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Published on November 29, 2018 with No Comments

“I feel sorry for Mithali,” Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar has come out in support of senior Indian woman cricketer Mithali Raj in the controversy surrounding her dropping from the World T20 semifinal team, saying a player of her experience should not have been left out of the crucial match “I feel sorry for Mithali. She has a very good point. She has served Indian cricket for 20 years. She scored runs, she won player of the match in both matches,”  Gavaskar shared with media in India. “She was injured for one game but fit for the next game. Just convert this situation into the men’s game. If you had a Virat Kohli who was injured for one game and then is fit for the knockout, will you leave him out? You have to pick your best player for the knockouts. You needed the experience and expertise of Mithali Raj,” he said.Mithali had written a letter to the BCCI, accusing coach Ramesh Powar and Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji, saying the two are biased against her and have tried to “destroy” her. Gavaskar said it was difficult to comment on Powar’s role from a distance but made it clear that the reason given for Mithali’s dropping was wrong.“What happened with Powar. It is very difficult to comment on that from here. but it’s difficult to accept whatever the reason was. They said they wanted to stick with the same team, I don’t think that’s a good enough excuse. You can’t drop someone like Mithali Raj,” said the former captain.

The Indian women’s cricket coach Ramesh Powar admitted that he has had a “strained” relationship with senior player Mithali Raj but insisted that her contentious axing from the World T20 semifinal was based solely on cricketing logic. Powar met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim a day after he was accused of bias by Mithali. The senior most batswoman of the Indian team, in a scathing e-mail to Johri and Karim, alleged that Powar humiliated her during the World T20 in the West Indies and she was left in tears after the axing from the team.“Ramesh admitted that his professional relationship with Mithali was strained as he always found her aloof and difficult to handle,” said a BCCI source. However, the official said Powar insisted that Mithali’s axing from the semifinal, which India lost to England by eight wickets, was based on strategy and not acrimony. “He maintained she was dropped due to poor strike rate, and also because the team management wanted to maintain a winning combination,” the official said. As per reports, the former spinner, who took over as an interim coach a few months ago, did admit to being “indifferent to the senior most player”. A daily from India quoted is sources and reported that when Powar was asked why Mithali’s strike rate didn’t come in the way of her selection for the games against Ireland and Pakistan, Powar reportedly had no response to offer. Mithali scored half-centuries in both the games and was adjudged Player of the Match on both occasions.





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