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Mumbai:India women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj, who was disappointed on her exclusion from the team in the 2018 Women’s World T20 semifinal, has said that may be then captain and coach felt they had a better player to feed in to the eleven in place of her.
Mithali was involved in a controversy in 2018 when she was dropped from the playing XI before India’s semi-final match against England in the 2018 Women’s World T20, which they went on to lose. Thereafter, the veteran cricketer lashed out at then head coach Ramesh Powar and COA’s Diana Edulji for showing bias. Notably, Mithali had scored back-to-back half-centuries in the league stages.
Going down the memory lane on Star Sports 1 Telugu show ‘Girl Power ? Sarileru Manakevaru’, Raj said that she was very disappointed on missing out the semifinal. “Honestly, I was quite disappointed that I couldn’t play. But it is something that has happened with every player. I am not the first person with whom this has happened. It is about the team composition and may be captain and coach felt that they had a better player to feed in to the eleven,” she said. “But I always had hopes that if we win that match, I may have the chance in final, I will be able to contribute, and we have a better chance to win the Cup,” she added. (UNI)