Women's World T20 2018: Cricket Pundit and Fans ask "Why No Mithali Raj" after India's semi-final loss

India defeated by 8 wickets by England in the semi-final.

India lost the World T20 final berth to England | Getty Images

Indian Women’s Cricket Team has once again missed out on a great opportunity to win a major ICC event despite having at the great position in the tournament, as the eves were knocked out of the ICC Women's World T20 after being thrashed by England in the semi-final on Thursday (November 22).

After failing to win ICC Women's World Cup last year in England, Indian Women’s were looking to win the World T20 title this time around and won all league matches, but their calculations and team combination didn’t fit in the semi-final against England.

Their major mistake was leaving experienced batswomen Mithali Raj out for the crucial encounter and then failing to execute their plans and dropping catches, which led them to face a heartbreaking 8-wicket defeat at the hand of England in the semi-final at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium at North Sound.

Meanwhile, Cricket pundits and fans are more surprised with Mithali’s omission than the defeat and questioned the logic behind leaving such an experienced player out for the mega encounter on Twitter.

However, India T20 captain Harmanpreet Kaur defended the decision, saying she has "no regrets" as the decision was taken keeping team's interests in mind.

She told media at the post-match press conference on Thursday, “Whatever we decided, we decided for the team. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, no regrets. I'm proud of the way my girls played through the tournament.”

Check out here how fans and cricket experts reacted to the defeat and Mithali’s exclusion on Twitter:

 

 


By Rashmi Nanda - 23 Nov, 2018

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