Hope WV Raman isn't criticised for dropping Mithali Raj: Ramesh Powar

By Cricnwin Staff

Gurugram

India’s decision to drop Mithali Raj for the first two T20s against New Zealand has left the former coach Ramesh Powar perplexed. The same man faced criticism for leaving out Raj from the World T20 semi-final against England in the West Indies last year. The controversy ended with the removal of Powar as coach and the appointment of WV Raman.

"I don't know what exactly is happening, but he did what exactly I did. The coach must be having some vision about how to take this team forward,” Powar told The Times of India.

“You can't play forever. As a coach and captain, or the team management, you need to take a call about how to take the team forward.”

"When I or the team management took that decision regarding Mithali, I wasn't thinking about just the T20 World Cup. If the same team, which had beaten Australia in the league stage without the senior player, would have won the semi-final, and that team was almost under-25 in terms of age, it would have given them a huge amount of confidence," he added.

Powar hopes the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) supports Raman in this case.

"He's thinking ahead. There's a vision. everyone has a vision. A coach has to think about how to take his team forward. When I took this decision, I got a lot of criticism for it. I hope WV (Raman) gets a fair deal, and people don't get negative about it, and look at the bigger picture. It's not about Mithali, it's about forging a combination which you think is right. He must be planning to build a team for the next T20 World Cup. I hope he'll be treated nicely when he comes back.”

Meanwhile, Raj returned to the side for the third T20 in Hamilton but India lost by two runs to suffer a 3-0 whitewash. She remained unbeaten on 24 off 20 deliveries.