Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group’

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said he was not surprised by India women’s cricket team’s decision to drop veteran batter Mithali Raj during their World T20 semifinal loss to England.Despite scoring back-to-back fifties, the ODI captain was rested for the final league stage game against Australia due to a knee injury and didn’t figure in the semis too.The decision caused a furore in the Indian cricketing fraternity with critics and fans slamming captain Harmanpreet Kaur and the team management.Women’s World T20: India suffer heartbreak against England in semi-finalsThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) is also likely to step in now and hold a meeting with Harmanpreet and Mithali very soon.”No! I have also sat out in the dug out after captaining India. When I saw Mithali Raj being dropped, I said ‘Welcome to the group’,” Ganguly said while addressing a gathering at the Tollygunge Club in Kolkata.Also read – Women’s World T20: Mithali’s exclusion raises questions after India’s semi-final lossThe matter that was not well received by fans on social media and it completely blew out of proportion after Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta called Harmanpreet “manipulative, lying, cheat” on Twitter.Citing his example during the Greg Chappell era, Ganguly said: “Captains are asked to sit, so just do it. I have done it in Faisalabad. I didn’t play an ODI game for 15 months when I was probably the best performer in one-day cricket… It happens in life. The best in the world are at times shown the door,” the 46-year-old said recalling the 2006 second Test against Pakistan.advertisementMithali Raj ‘terribly disappointed’ after World T20 semis axing, says personal coachIndia’s campaign at the Women’s World T20 came to a distasteful end as England strolled past them by eight wickets into the final against Australia. Australia, on Sunday, thrashed England by eight wickets to lift their fourth World T20 title.But Ganguly said it’s not the end of the world for Mithali.”You should always remember you’re best because you did something and there’s an opportunity again. So, I am not too disappointed seeing Mithali being asked to sit out. I have not been disappointed to see the reactions on the ground.”But I am disappointed because India lost the semifinals because I thought they had the team to go the distance. It happens as they say there’s no guarantee in life. Do the best,” expressed Ganguly.”Women’s cricket had had a lot of hurdles last few years and very rightly so. It’s good to see that they have been looked after now and paid good numbers,” the former India captain further opined.Ganguly was also asked about MS Dhoni, who has not been in the best of form for some time now and is not part of the current T20I and ODI side in Australia.”He’s another champion… Fantastic career for 12-13 years since winning the World Twenty 20. Just like everyone else he has to perform. There’s one must in life: whatever job you do, wherever you are, whatever age you have, how much experience you have, you have to keep performing at the top level otherwise someone else will take your place,” Ganguly pointed out.”I wish him (Dhoni) all the luck because we want champions to go on a high, whenever he goes. I still feel he can hit the ball in the stands. He’s a phenomenal cricketer,” Ganguly said.(With IANS inputs)last_img

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