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The darkest day of my life: Mithali Raj on charges of Ramesh Powar

Mithali Raj has reacted strongly to the comments of coach Ramesh Powar

Bengaluru, November 29: Mithali Raj slammed India women's cricket team coach Ramesh Powar for commenting adversely against her skills and commitment while submitting a 10-page report to the BCCI.

In a tweet on her official account, Mithali wrote: "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."

1. Gist of Powar's report

1. Gist of Powar's report

In the 10-page report submitted to the BCCI officials on Wednesday (November 29), Powar had accused Mithali of not playing for the team and chasing after "own milestones" during the recently concluded ICC Women's World T20 tournament in the West Indies.

2. What was in Powar's report

2. What was in Powar's report

"I hope Mithali stops blackmailing, pressurising coaches and putting her interest first than the team," Powar said in his tour report which is almost entirely focussed on Mithali. "Before Pakistan match, video analyst Pushkar Sawant came to my room and said that fielding coach Biju George has conveyed to him that Mithali is upset with batting order and packed her bags with announcement of retirement in the morning," Powar wrote. "I was saddened by her attitude and it gave me an impression that Mithali Raj comes first and then India. She threw a lot of tantrums and created a lot of chaos," Powar said.

3. Why Mithali was not used as opener

3. Why Mithali was not used as opener

In practice games she was struggling to score quickly, as wickets were low bounce & slow. Intent was missing. Could not lean and execute shots due to limited ability in skills & fitness. We wanted to make most of powerplay as powerplay was the most important phase of the match (considering slow pitches) to score big with hard ball & it was challenge to score against spinners. It was conveyed to her logically that she will be batting in middle order & she agreed too. (Before NZ match). Mithali's lack of intent to score quickly in practice games prompted us to open with Taniya Bhatiya (in first league game vs NZ) who always shown intent every time she batted. We used Taniya and Hemlatha in powerplay vs New Zealand which got us 24 runs in 13 balls. It's not always about individual milestones, it's always about team strategies and executions.

4. Mithali's stand against Powar

4. Mithali's stand against Powar

"For instance, walking off if I am sitting anywhere around, watching in the nets when others bat but choosing to walk away when I am batting in nets, if I try to go up to him to talk to start looking into his phone and keep walking. It was embarrassing and very evident to everyone that I was being humiliated. Yet I never lost my cool."

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    Story first published: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 12:33 [IST]
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