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Mithali Raj says issues with Ramesh Powar don’t matter when playing for India

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India Women’s cricketer Mithali Raj has said that she and coach Ramesh Powar have moved on from their bitter feud during the 2018 Women’s T20 World Cup. 

Powar has been reappointed India Women coach and Raj, the Test and ODI captain, will have to work closely with the former India off-spinner, starting with the upcoming England tour.

"We have meetings, discussions regularly so clearly we have moved on. We can't be living in the past. I've played for so many years, I don't have an ego, or I don't give attention to my personal likes and dislikes. I've never done that," Raj told PTI.

Raj added that when it came to playing for the country, such issues had to be kept aside. "And 21 years has been a long time for me to sort of, you know, go through many challenges. When it comes to playing for India, it's like serving your country, so personal issues, I don't really give any weightage.

"You need to think about the bigger picture. That's how I am," said Raj, who is in quarantine in Mumbai along with the rest of the squad before their departure for the UK this week. 

"There are so many things that have happened in the past, but I don't carry that baggage into my present or in the future.”

The veteran batter said that it was crucial for her and Powar to be on the same page for the sake of the team. "He is the coach, and he has his set of plans. It's important that both of us are aligned on the same page to take the team forward. Because even his goal is the same: that the team does well in the (2022) World Cup. It's everybody's goal in the team.

"We can't be bitter and carry the bitterness. I've never been a confrontational person, nor am I someone who carries the past into present. Otherwise, I wouldn't have survived for so long in a sport, which clearly needs re-inventions and revisions all the time. It's important that we are on the same page and take the team along, because we are at a very crucial phase of our preparation for the World Cup."

Featured photo: Twitter / BCCI Women

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