Mithali Raj says issue of low batting strike rate of other players isn't highlighted as much as hers

However Mithali feels that she has always been unfairly targeted despite some of the other players also coming cropper in shorter formats.

Press Trust of India, May 09, 2019 22:43:09 IST

Jaipur: Mithali Raj's T20 strike-rate has always provided fodder for his critics but what India's ODI skipper can't fathom as to how some of the players with worse strike-rate never come under scanner like her.

Still coming to terms with the biggest controversy in women's cricket involving her, former coach Ramesh Powar and CoA member Diana Edulji, whom she accused of trying to finish her career.

However Mithali feels that she has always been unfairly targeted despite some of the other players also coming cropper in shorter formats.

Mithali Raj remained unbeaten on 24 off 20 balls in the 3rd T20I against New Zealand at Hamilton. AFP

Mithali Raj plays a shot on the onside. AFP

"In the first game [of Women's T20 Challenge], there were a couple of players whose strike rate was below 100. Was it made an issue? No. Because it doesn't come in the radar because it is not Mithali Raj," Mithali told Cricbuzz in an interview.

However without naming young Jemimah Rodrigues, Mithali pointed out at a top-order player, who had a strike of 50 against England. While Mithali didn't name the young Mumbaikar, but she had scored 11 off 22 balls in the T20 game against England which India lost narrowly.

"The last England home series, a top-order [batter] had a strike rate of fifty. Did I make an issue? Was it made an issue? Still people are trolling me only! Because from the non-striker end I have to go and play. I played four dot balls and I was trolled. That's what I am saying - it's not fair. If today I am turning out to be a rebel then you should know which situation has made me like that," said Mithali, who had scored 30 off 32 balls in that match.

"I'm not saying the fact that I am the best T20 player. No! I know where I stand. But to unfairly pinpoint at the only thing you can pinpoint in my whole batting analysis then I can pick out numerous players in this current Indian team and I can question you. But why is it that only I am being questioned?"

She also lashed out at a former India player, who has used social media to criticise her.

"There are certain players who have played women's cricket are using the platform of social media to lash out. That is very sad. I cannot name because I don't want to," Mithali said. Many in Indian cricketing circles feel that Mithali is pointing fingers at a former skipper, who is now a broadcaster also.

"But as a player you feel sad that at this level you are being singled out for the fact that I stood up for myself. I have not done anything wrong standing up for myself. And I have not done anything wrong in reaching out to the board because I am under the board. I have not gone to the media. I reached out to them [board]," Mithali spoke about her letter where she had alleged that former coach Powar had ill-treated her in the West Indies.

"Honestly, it will take time for me (to get over the controversy). It will because when things happen all of a sudden and you did not expect it to happen the way it has happened, it will take time for me to get over it. Yes, sometimes it still flashes. Eventually, I will get over it at some point.

Updated Date: May 09, 2019 22:43:09 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254