Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Home Sports Sorry Mithali Raj, but no individual is greater than the team

Sorry Mithali Raj, but no individual is greater than the team

Mithali's contribution to the Indian women's cricket has been immense during the past 16 years that she has spent representing the country but on this particular occasion, she let the team down.

Indian women’s Cricket has plunged into a crisis since the defeat against England in the World T20 semifinal last week. The row between ODI captain and the senior most cricketer Mithali Raj and the (now former) coach Ramesh Powar has threatened to tear the team apart with Captain Harmanpreet Kaur caught in the middle of it.

When India announced playing XI for the semifinal against England during the World T20, the absence of Mithali Raj’s name for such an important match, caused quite a few raised eyebrows. Captain Harmanpreet explained that they just want to continue with the winning combination that worked so well to defeat the powerful Australian side, the eventual champions.

However, that defeat was just the beginning of the storm that now engulfs women cricket in India. Mithali Raj sent a long letter to BCCI detailing her disagreements with Powar and questioning the decision to drop her. As per reports, Powar has himself raised questions over Mithali’s professionalism and her contribution to a negative environment in the Caribbean.

Mithali in her letter stated that she was unhappy with the decision to drop her to the middle order during the first game of the tournament and reached out to the selectors to get back the opening slot for the game against Pakistan, which she got.

Once she did that, she undermined the Captain and the Coach who are responsible for selecting the final XI and the batting order. Powar is new to coaching and was an interim coach, so he probably got easily pressurised to change the batting order as per the selectors’ wish; can’t imagine a senior coach tolerating this undermining of his authority.

Mithali states she couldn’t understand the change in the behaviour of Powar after that, as he started ignoring her. Bypassing a coach and speaking to the selectors to get the batting spot she desires, and she couldn’t understand why the coach suddenly had no faith in her? I am surprised Powar didn’t send her back from the Caribbean right there and then as it was clear by then that Mithali is not pulling in the same direction as the team management on tour.

Captain and Coach thought an experienced batter in the middle order can guard against a collapse and more aggressive batters as openers can help exploit the first 6 overs better. With Mithali’s reluctance to bat down the order, India went without her for the semifinal and as it turned out, lost thanks to a 23 for 8 collapses in the middle order. Precisely the type of collapse that could have been avoided by having an experienced hand and one of the best Indian batter in history.

In sharp contrast to the Indian side is the eventual champion Australia. Players like Ellyse Perry and Rachael Haynes, with very good record up the order, were playing at Number 6 and 7 as that is what the team desired from them. Rachael was even asked during the tournament if she wants to move up the order but the Australian Vice-Captain decided her role down the order is crucial for the team’s success. Who knows what would have happened if the senior players in Indian side were as willing as these players to put the team over the individual preferences and performances.

Mithali’s contribution to the Indian women’s cricket has been immense during the past 16 years that she has spent representing the country but on this particular occasion, she let the team down, put the Captain Harmanpreet Kaur in the middle of a no-win situation, and took the attention away from what was a very good run in the tournament for the team otherwise, as they made it to the semifinal by topping a group also involving strong Australian and New Zealand sides.

With Powar out now as his interim stint came to an end, the new coach will have a huge challenge on his hand to unite all the players and get them to work together towards the team’s goals instead of looking out for individual ambitions and personal records.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Sandeep Kadian
Sports, Satire, Politics, Golgappa.

 

Related Articles

Trending now

Farmer Protests: Union government proposes to suspend the implementation of farm laws for 1-1.5 years to end the protest

Unions will discuss the offer to suspend farms laws tomorrow, will and inform their decision in next meeting on 22nd January

Niira Radia Tapes: Read how Navika Kumar was in thick with the infamous lobbyist known for brokering ministerial berths in the UPA regime

Navika Kumar had allegedly spoke to lobbyist Niira Radia over an imminent revolt within the BJP party following the 2009 General elections

Arnab Goswami to sue Congress, challenges Rahul Gandhi to one-on-one debate

Republic TV chief Arnab Goswami has decided to sue Congress and take strong action against the alleged lies peddled by the grand old party and its senior leaders including Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi.

‘Kerala model’ still struggling to fight coronavirus, accounts for 45% of the country’s total fresh cases

Kerala reported 6,186 positive cases on Tuesday, 19 January. The test positivity rate in Kerala stood at 9.34%.

Congress to raise the issue of Arnab Chat Gate in the upcoming Parliamentary session

The leaked WhatsApp chats between Arnab Goswami and Ex-BARC COO Parth Dasgupta had created a political furore

Every child is born a Muslim: Islamic hate preacher Zakir Naik claims in his latest video

Islamic hate preacher Dr Zakir Naik in his latest video posted on his YouTube channel has claimed that every child 'is born a Muslim'.

Recently Popular

The hidden chats in the TRP Chargesheet that nobody is talking about, not even the police: India Today and BARC

In the TRP case chargesheet, pages of personal chats between Arnab Goswami and the ex-BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta have been added

‘Jack Ma is safe and sound’, is ‘laying low’ claims founder and chairman of equity firm Primavera Capital Group

Days after his unflattering opinion of the Chinese authorities, Alibaba founder Jack Ma went mysteriously missing

‘Madam Chief Minister’ poster row: Bhim Sena threatens to cut off Richa Chadha’s tongue, actress apologises for poster

The poster of 'Madam Chief Minister' showed Richa Chadha holding a broom. Many have called it an offensive stereotyping of the Dalit community.

Arnab vs Navika: Arnab responds to Navika’s emotional monologue, says he carried his shoes with him

Recently, Navika Kumar said that when Arnab left Time Now, she had his shoes to fill. However, Arnab gives a befitting reply.

Has China constructed a new village inside Arunachal Pradesh? Not quite: How NDTV misled with its ‘exclusive’ report

Report China building a village inside Arunachal Pradesh was bought out by NDTV yesterday - and it turned out to be fake news

British-Pakistani singer Zayn Malik says he loves India and fans can’t keep calm

Recently, Zayn Malik was heard singing Mohammad Rafi's Chaudavi Ka Chand in the track Tightrope.
- Advertisement -

 

“Most generous gift”, “gesture of compassion and generosity of PM Modi”: Maldives, Bhutan express gratitude for vaccines sent by India

India has sent 1,00,000 doses of Covishield vaccine to Maldives and 1,50,000 doses of the vaccine to Bhutan as grants

Farmer Protests: Union government proposes to suspend the implementation of farm laws for 1-1.5 years to end the protest

Unions will discuss the offer to suspend farms laws tomorrow, will and inform their decision in next meeting on 22nd January

Case lodged against unknown miscreants for vandalising a bus for carrying a display board saying ‘Sambhaji Nagar’ in Aurangabad: Reports

A bus was vandalised at the Vaijapur Bus depot for carrying a display board that read 'Sambhaji Nagar' in place of Aurangabad

Niira Radia Tapes: Read how Navika Kumar was in thick with the infamous lobbyist known for brokering ministerial berths in the UPA regime

Navika Kumar had allegedly spoke to lobbyist Niira Radia over an imminent revolt within the BJP party following the 2009 General elections

Arnab Goswami to sue Congress, challenges Rahul Gandhi to one-on-one debate

Republic TV chief Arnab Goswami has decided to sue Congress and take strong action against the alleged lies peddled by the grand old party and its senior leaders including Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi.

‘Bengal mangoge toh cheer denge’ – TMC’s Madan Mitra threatens BJP ahead of West Bengal assembly elections

Madan Mitra threatens to rip BJP leaders saying 'Doodh maangoge to kheer denge, Bengal mangoge to cheer denge'

Former BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta denied bail despite deteriorating health conditions

Partho Dasgupta is currently admitted at JJ Hospital by Taloja jail officials and is in a very critical condition.

‘Kerala model’ still struggling to fight coronavirus, accounts for 45% of the country’s total fresh cases

Kerala reported 6,186 positive cases on Tuesday, 19 January. The test positivity rate in Kerala stood at 9.34%.

Congress to raise the issue of Arnab Chat Gate in the upcoming Parliamentary session

The leaked WhatsApp chats between Arnab Goswami and Ex-BARC COO Parth Dasgupta had created a political furore

Every child is born a Muslim: Islamic hate preacher Zakir Naik claims in his latest video

Islamic hate preacher Dr Zakir Naik in his latest video posted on his YouTube channel has claimed that every child 'is born a Muslim'.

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
496,912FollowersFollow
22,800SubscribersSubscribe