Harmanpreet Kaur reveals why Mithali Raj was left out of India’s T20I match vs New Zealand


first_imgIndia women’s team Twenty20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur defended her decision to leave out Mithali Raj from the playing XI in the first T20I against New Zealand women in Wellington on Wednesday.India were playing a T20 for the first time since their Women’s World Twenty20 semi-final exit in November last year. India suffered a 23-run defeat to New Zealand, who take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Smriti Mandhana struck a fifty off just 24 deliveries to record the fastest half-century in the shortest format by an Indian woman. Chasing 160 for a win, Mandhana hit her seventh T20I fifty but lacked support from other batters and India were bundled ou for 136.Mithali Raj was left out of the playing XI in the semi-final against England at the World Twenty20 in the West Indies. Mithali Raj has played 85 T20Is and scored 2283 runs at 37.42″We are looking to give chance to the young girls. We only have these 3 overseas games and then we are playing more in Indian conditions. That’s the reason we are giving chances to the young girls,” Kaur said after the match.Mithali’s place in the T20 side has been under the scanner due to her slow strike-rate and waning fielding abilities which led to her being dropped from the World T20 semi-final.The ouster from the playing XI led to a public spat with Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji, whom she accused of trying to “finish her career” along with interim chief coach Ramesh Powar.advertisementPowar didn’t get an extension in his role and WV Raman was appointed coach before the New Zealand series.Meanwhile, Mithali Raj in all likelihood will bring down curtains on her T20 International career after the home series against England. However, she will continue to play the 50-overs format where she is still the captain of the side.Also Watch:last_img

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