Mithali Raj has been in the news for her rift with Ramesh Powar during the recently concluded Women’s World Cup in West Indies. She was left out of the semi-finals between India and England and then came the news of the rift between Mithali and the former Indian coach. Mithali Raj’s email was even leaked in the media and the Indian captain even poured out her heart on Twitter. However, she not only retained her place for the T20 squad but also was selected as the skipper for the ODI team. For the first time, Raj came out in public and said that the last few days have been stressful for her.” Mithali Raj's Email to BCCI: Senior Cricketer Accuses Coach Ramesh Powar of Discrimination During the Women’s T20 World Cup.
“The way things panned out was obviously not in a very good taste. It affected everybody in a different level, in a different way," Mithali said during a promotional event here. "I can only say that the last few days have been very stressful for me and my parents. And also for people around me as the way it has panned out, it definitely did get women's cricket a spotlight which was not needed," added the 36-year old. Mithali Raj T20 World Cup Selection Row: Sanjay Manjrekar Comes in Support of the Cricketer.
India is set to play five ODIs and three T20Is during the New Zealand tour beginning January 24. Mithali Raj even went on to speak about the upcoming tour and said that it’s going to be very challenging and the team should lay more emphasis on the preparations of the same. "The upcoming tour will be important. It's part of the ICC Championship one-dayers and there's a point system in place. It's important for India to garner as many points as it will help us in the 2021 World Cup," she said on a concluding note. Mithali Raj Remains India’s Women Team Captain in ODIs, Finds Place in Harmanpreet Kaur-Led Twenty20 Team for New Zealand Tour