After Indian women team lost the semi-final against England in Women’s World T20, cricket fans criticised the decision of dropping Mithali Raj from the squad. Most batswomen from Indian team could not put up a decent performance at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Guyana, with seven players not even reaching double digits score.
The victory became a cup of cake for England team, who were chasing 113 set by India in the first innings. England chased the target comfortably in 17.3 overs with the help of 92 runs partnership between Amy Jones (53*, 47 balls) and Natalie Sciver (52 off 40 balls).
After the match, the decision of dropping senior player Mithali Raj from the team came as a big blow to Indian cricket fans. Mithali is also the leading Indian scorer in T20 international, having more runs than Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The decision of not picking up Mithali Raj in such a crucial match of the tournament did not go well with the fans, who took to social media platform Twitter to thoroughly crictisise the decision.
Have a look at some of such Tweets.
Drop Mithali Raj and you dropped the World Cup. This is what happens when you start to play god.
If you don’t pick your best player Mithali Raj in semifinal you deserve to lose. •she is tailor made for these kind of pitches and has one of the best records against Eng.
— Pratiksha Sinha (@ruhisinha00cool) November 23, 2018
Indian team captain Harmanpreet Kaur chosen her lose by not Mithali Raj.
Do you agree with me? #INDvENG
— Ajeet Kumar (@dhonimahiswag) November 23, 2018
Not well played women’s!
Over confidence was there that we can beat England too as we beaten Australia in previous game.
Dropping Mithali Raj in important game like Semis….doesn’t shows a mindful game….
Always we want to see a World cup,Champions trophy…but😔 pic.twitter.com/jxBQnXDJrr
— PRATIK SINGH👨💻 (@PratikSingh_) November 23, 2018
— Manoj Dimri (@manoj_dimri) November 23, 2018
“Harmanpreet Kaur” is responsible for defeat in
“ICC Women’s World T20”
“Mithali Raj” is best batswomen of India. shouldn’t be dropped in any case.
She is not a captaincy material, I think Smriti Mandhana should lead team India now onwards.#ICCWWT20
— कुमार साहब (@cFySXFVFYltFijL) November 23, 2018
If India can go in without Mithali Raj, this must be twice as good a batting side as any in the world!!! What is the story there?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 23, 2018
Depending on 2-3 players does not win you matches. @BCCIWomen‘s overdependency on Smriti and Harman was perfectly exploited by England team. Dropping Mithali Raj in crucial semifinal hurted us badly. She could have been handy on such a slow pitch.. Disappointed !! #INDvENG #WT20
— Niraj Patil (@i_am_nvp) November 23, 2018
— InLieuOfThoughts&Prayers (@DUDZLANI) November 23, 2018
Mithali Raj is far better than Veda.
v NZ Veda: 2(3) Mithali: DNB
v PAK Veda 8(5) Mithali : 56 (47)
v IRE Veda 9(9) Mithali : 51 (56)
v AUS Veda 3(4) Mithali : Not played
A player who make two 50s in #WT20 is not playing Semi final.
— विक्रमादित्य सिंह (@nawab_lucknow) November 23, 2018
Drop Mithali Raj and you dropped the World Cup. This is what happens when you start to play god. •she is tailor made for these kind of pitches and has one of the best records against England . #IndvEng
— aprajita bansal (@aprajita13) November 23, 2018
I’ve been saying for a while the Mithali Raj should be batting in the middle order in T20Is for India, not opening. Ramesh Powar has gone a step further today, leaving her out altogether, and continuing to be bold.
What a statement. #WT20
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) November 22, 2018
Dropping Mithali Raj in the Semi Final important match was a very bad decision. India could only score 112 All out. Poor batting performance. Let’s hope the Bowlers would take the team to Finals. Fingers crossed. #iccwomensworldcup2018
— Dr Prasanna Narayan (@Narayan119) November 23, 2018
Experience is big factor such a important game… n player like Mithali Raj.. she is outstanding in the field #INDvENG
— Shubham..🇮🇳 (@i_m_shubham19) November 23, 2018