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“How many international matches you have played,” asks Indian women cricketer Vanitha VR to an author after latter criticized team’s performance against New Zealand

Mithali Raj-led side has had a disappointing outing so far while touring New Zealand.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Updated - 15 February 2022 8:52 pm

Indian Women’s cricket team faced a defeat against New Zealand in the second ODI series on Tuesday at John Davies Oval in Queenstown. Mithali Raj-led side has had a disappointing outing so far while touring New Zealand. Having lost the first three matches, comprising one T20I and two ODIs, the team seems to be struggling to find the winning momentum.

The remaining three ODIs is the last chance for team India to put some fight against Amy Satterthwaite-led New Zealand. However, India’s poor performance provoked a three dimensional Twitter banter between Indian women cricketer Vanitha VR and India author Sudatta and Isabelle Westbury, former cricketer for Somerset. The turn of events took place when the author of Hallowed Ties expressed her disappointment with the poor performance of the Indian cricket team. She wrote, “Absolutely embarrassing day for representatives of Indian women’s cricket. Not because the team lost. You know it if you follow it. #NZvIND”.

However, her tweet didn’t go down well with Vanitha, who was quick to respond by asking the author, “How many international matches she has played.” However, Vanitha deleted her tweet soon after.

 

The Indian cricketer was joined by many other cricket fans who quickly tried to correct the author by suggesting that a journalist’s job is to report the match but not give an opinion. To which, Sudatta responded by tweeting, “Just so you guys understand, if playing international cricket or any cricket was the criteria, then 99% of the journalist don’t fit the requirement.”

However, a few hours later, Vanitha was found indulging in yet another Twitter banter with Isabelle when the latter criticised Indian skipper Mithali Raj by writing, “Mithali Raj is both the best and worst thing about Indian cricket now.” Vanitha again rolled her sleeves and corrected Isabelle by responding, “There is only the ‘BEST’ to it. Rather than worrying so much about Indian cricket, it will do you a world of good to worry about England. The Aussies drubbed them.” While Isabelle quickly expressed her disagreement with Vanitha by commenting that Mithali Raj has been a great player, she no longer suits India’s progression.

 

Notably, Mithali Raj has been one of India’s most decorated women cricketers of all. Raj has been named as the captain of the squad, which will participate in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup slated to take place in New Zealand next month.

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