Mithali Raj opens up on feud with coach Ramesh Powar Days after retirement

Former India women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj said goodbye to international cricket last week. The 39-year-old Mithali Raj, who has represented India in over 200 ODIs, announced her retirement on Twitter, hours before the Indian squad was announced for the T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka. At the same time, now he disclosed about the quarrel with the former head coach of the team, Ramesh Pawar.

The controversy erupted after the veteran cricketer was not included in India’s playing XI for the 2018 T20 World Cup semi-final against England. After this, the matter of quarrel between Mithali Raj and coach Ramesh Pawar came to the fore. At that time the player and the coach also had separate meetings with the BCCI official. During a conversation with India Today, Mithali spoke about the incident, which hurt her.

He explained, “When you find yourself in the midst of chaos, you can’t really think straight, because you’re feeling all kinds of emotions, even if you’re thinking and understanding with your mind instead of thinking about it. Listen to your heart. It still happens, so if you’re in chaos you’ll probably never have clarity.”

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He continued, “Take some time and get out of it and then look at it in third person, to understand how much better you can answer it or is it necessary? Sometimes it’s okay to be quiet. It also takes a lot of courage when you are treated unfairly. Everyone knows only one side of the story.”

Mithali said, “I am someone who is goal oriented. I had one objective to play cricket at the best level that I could. I have to achieve this every time I step on the field. I want to give my best, so it’s not just about my skills, it’s also about my mental state. So in order for me to be in that good mental place, I have to go through all that time of hurt, anger, frustration and jealousy. The moment had to be overcome, because I realized that my purpose was not to engage in that moment for long.”

The former captain further added, “It was a passing moment, that’s what the game has taught me. In cricket, when you score a century, the next day you have to start from the beginning, you don’t start with a hundred. Obviously, That phase hurt me a bit, but I won and so I was able to do well for the last year and a half. I was able to let go of those feelings.” Ramesh Pawar was removed from the post after the 2018 T20 World Cup, but he again became the coach of the team in 2021.

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