The BCCI has officially declared the squad for the upcoming World Cup in New Zealand. With some surprises and notable omissions, there are been debates regarding the selection policy of the committee. Punam Raut, one of the cricketers sidelined for the mega tournament expressed her disappointment on being dropped from the squad.
Raut was a key member of the squad in India‘s last World Cup campaign where the Women In Blue finished as the runners-up.
She was a part of the squad that traveled to Australia last September. The senior campaigner shared a profound post on Twitter on being excluded from the squad. She also congratulated the members selected for the World Cup and gave her best wishes.
In her tweet, she wrote,
“Having being considered amongst the experienced batsmen and a consistent run-scorer for India, I am extremely disappointed at not being a part of the World Cup Squad. In 2021, I averaged 73-75, scoring 295 runs which included a hundred and a half centuries in the six ODI games that I played. It is very disheartening to be continuously left out even after performing. Having said that, I would like to extend my best wishes to all the players who will be representing India.”
Women In Blue and their mission to script history in WC 22
India has never won a World Cup in women’s cricket. Their last campaign in England was a historic one. It sadly ended on a sour note after the narrow defeat against the hosts in the finals.
Her tweet found appreciation from the netizens who lauded her spirit towards the game. Her career statistics and her ability to consistently score runs made her a key member of the team. The selectors have focused more on youth investing in players who have shown a phenomenal rise in the past few months.
The seam-friendly conditions of New Zealand will definitely be a companion of the pace attack. The batters too will have to adjust to the challenges there, to be better prepared before the World Cup. The mega tournament might be the last time senior players Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami will be playing for Team India. Both of them have been the primary crusaders of women’s cricket in India for a very long time. Hence, the Women In Blue will be keen to give the iconic duo a perfect tribute by scripting history in New Zealand.
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