India head coach Ramesh Powar opens up on rift with captain Mithali Raj ahead of England Tour

Regarding the same issue, Mithali Raj had earlier cleared her thoughts.
Aditya Kumar Editor

Updated - 1 June 2021 7:47 pm

The controversy between India women’s ODI skipper Mithali Raj and the team’s head coach Ramesh Powar has not died down yet as the cricket fans have still got a topic to discuss. Notably, it was in 2018 when Powar was openly criticised by Mithali for dropping her from the 2018 T20 World Cup semi-final, which was against England.

Mitali had scored back-to-back fifties before the knockout game and won the Player of the Match award on both occasions, yet she was dropped for the all-important game against England. Following this, Mithali wrote a letter to the BCCI to speak about her grievances. In the letter, she accused Powar of discrimination and bias, adding that he humiliated her during the tournament in the Caribbean island in 2018.

Things didn’t pan out well between the duo since that controversy. However, after the selection of Ramesh Powar as the head coach of Indian women, the story has taken a U-turn, as the two seem to have settled the dispute between them.

We are professional enough: Ramesh Powar

In the press conference on Tuesday ahead of their departure for the England series, the two cleared that they have moved on. They added that their main focus is to grow women’s cricket and highlighted that it has been three years since the controversy took place.

When asked about the rift between them, Powar said, “We interact well, otherwise, I would not have come back in women’s cricket. Everyone grows up after three years, larger goals are in the picture. This is a great opportunity for me, Mithali and the whole group to take women’s cricket to another level where BCCI is supporting us.

“We are professional enough. You all know me, I have been at NCA, I have been with Rahul Dravid, his effect will play in this series.”

Meanwhile, reacting on the same issue, Mithali said, “Well, I think can we move on from that? It has been three years, we are in 2021 and we should be looking forward now. There are many more series coming and you know, if you are repetitively asking the same question then we need to get you back from the past.”

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