After the defeat of India in the semi-final of Womens’ T20 World cup 2018, the controversy between the coach Ramesh Powar and senior cricketer Mithali Raj came into the light once again. Mithali’s manager stated in twitter that the move made by skipper Harmanpreet Kaur to drop Mithali from the crucial match proved to be the key reason for the team’s defeat in the semi-final.
However, the differences between Mithali Raj and the coach became the point of worry for the BCCI once again. Mithali stated in her open letter to BCCI about Ramesh Powar ’s controversial tweets that the day was the darkest in her life and she was saddened by the controversy.
In response to the letter, coach Ramesh Powar said that “Mithali stops blackmailing, pressurizing coaches and putting her interest first then the team.”
He added that he was saddened by her attitude and stated that she created much chaos and threw a lot of tantrums to him.
Mithali responded to his statements saying 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 mudslinging- it’s the darkest day of my life. May God give strength.”
In this context, senior cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted that “Feel really sorry for Mithali. Contents of her letter should not have come out. Tough week for her, the blunderous dropping from the semis and now this,”
In her letter to BCCI Mithali said that “My issues with the coach started immediately as we landed in the West Indies. At first, there were small signs that his behavior towards me was unfair and discriminatory but I did not bother much about it,
On the other hand, Powar in his letter to the BCCI commented that “I was saddened and baffled by her attitude. It gave me an impression that for Mithali Raj she comes first and then team India.”