Indian women’s ODI and Test skipper Mithali Raj is looking forward to reuniting with Ramesh Powar who is reappointed as the head coach of the women’s team. Mithali’s career spanning over 20 years has seen a lot of highs and lows. She was part of the Indian squad in 2005 which made the semifinals of the World Cup. In 2017, she was a part of the Indian squad which lost to England in the final and in 2018 she saw India’s 2018 exit in the ICC T20 World Cup.
It was in 2018 that Ramesh Powar dropped Mithali raj from the playing XI in the semifinal. As it turned out, India lost the game and made an exit from the tournament. The match is remembered for the Mithali and Ramesh Powar spat which turned ugly when the two wrote individual letters to the BCCI officials about what happened between the two. It was then that WV Raman replaced Powar for the top role. Three years later Powar replaced Raman as he was reassigned by the selection panel.
Talking to The Hindu, Mithali Raj said that she is willing to forget the past and work together with Powar for the betterment of Indian cricket.
Past Is Gone By: Mithali Raj
“The past is gone by. You cannot go back. I am sure he (Ramesh Powar) will come up with plans and we together will steer the ship. We will work in tandem and build a very strong team for the future, especially with the World Cup scheduled next year” Mithali told The Hindu.
Mithali Raj is also looking forward to the England series where the Indian eves will play a Test match after seven years. After the England series, India are scheduled to play against Australia.
“For all the youngsters in the team, and even for someone like me who played a Test match seven years ago, there is no baggage to carry. We have not played the format for such a long time and hence can play with an open mind,” said Mithali.
Powar’s first assignment as head coach will be on a trip to England. The Indian eves play one Test, three ODIs and three T20Is in England. The squad will fly with the men’s team on June 2, with the first of the seven games, a one-off Test match, starting in Bristol on June 16.