Former head coach of the Indian women’s national team Tushar Arothe expressed disappointment over the failure of key players in the Indian team at the World Cup.
The Indian Cricket Supervisory Board (BCCI) on Thursday announced the 15-member Indian women’s team for the 2022 ICC Women’s World Championship and New Zealand’s ODI series.
Indian veteran player Mithali Raj will lead the Indian national team for the last time before retiring from international cricket at the end of the World Cup in April.
There were players like Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues and Shikha Pandey, whose exclusion from the national team for the World Cup was shocking to everyone.
I am extremely disappointed that I am not part of the team for the World Cup: Punam Raut
Raut achieved 2,299 runs from 73 innings with an average of 34.83 and hit 15 half-centuries and three hundred in her ODI career, more than a decade.
Raut amassed 295 rounds from six ODI matches in 2021 with an average of 73.75, and also remained undefeated with 104 in the fourth ODI against South Africa last year.
The 32-year-old striker expressed disappointment that she was not selected for the World Cup team.
“As I consider myself among the experienced hitters and a constant scorer for India, I am extremely disappointed that I am not part of the World Cup team, ”Raut wrote on Twitter.
“In 2021, I averaged 73.75, scoring 295 runs which included one hundred and two and a half centuries in the six ODI games I played. It is very discouraging to be constantly left out even after a performance. Having said that, I would like to send my best wishes to all the players who will represent India, ”she added.
Arothe said Raut was consistent with her performances and deserved to play as a lead in the Indian team.
“2021 was her best year, and she was not chosen, I’m sorry. She was one of the better Indian players in the 50 more format. She was consistent, not even Harman, she even did very well at the 2017 World Cup. They should have considered Punam as the opener.
Jemimah Rodrigues and Shikha Pandey were supposed to be there: Tushar Arothe
Speaking about the rejection of Jemimaha and Shikha in the team, the former Indian coach said both should have been selected to the team given the talent they bring with them.
“They should have chosen Jemima (Rodrigues) as well. She hadn’t run in the last four or five days. Why does this (lack of form) apply only to Jemimah, why not to others? Jemimah is a fantastic player. She is always in the game; she saves five to ten runes in each match. “She had a good outing at The Hundred in England (and Women’s BBL in Australia. You can’t judge a Jemimaha caliber player based on five one-day players,” Arothe said.
“And honestly, Shikha Pandey should have been there too. Apart from Jhulan Goswami, Shikha is very experienced. This is the World Cup and she should have been chosen, “he added.
The Indian team will start its campaign at the World Cup against Pakistan’s big rivals in Bay Oval on March 6th. Prior to the World Cup, the Indian team led by Mithali Rai will play against the host of New Zealand in the ODI series of five games starting on February 11.