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Hurt By The Aspersions Cast On Me, Darkest Day Of My Life: Mithali Reacts After Powar's Allegations

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| November 29 , 2018 , 15:51 IST

Senior Indian woman cricketer Mithali Raj said she is "deeply saddened" and "hurt" by the negative image that is being projected about her by the head coach of the women's cricket team, Ramesh Powar.

Mithali took to her Twitter account to share her disappointment. “I’m deeply saddened and hurt by the aspersions cast on me. My commitment to the game and 20 years of playing for my country. The hard work, sweat, in vain,” Mithali tweeted.

“Today, my patriotism doubted, my skill set questioned and all the mudslinging -- it’s the darkest day of my life. May God give strength,” she added.

Mithali's reaction came after Powar alleged that the 35-year-old ODI skipper threatened retirement over the batting position in the middle of an international tournament and also threw tantrums during the recently concluded competition.

Powar had met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim at the Board headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday to submit his 10-page tour report. Powar presented his version of the events that led to the breakdown of his equation with the seasoned batter.

The under-fire head coach said he was disappointed with the senior player's attitude and added that for Mithali, she came first before the team.

The 35-year-old Mithali was left out of the World T20 semi-final against England that raised quite a few eyebrows after India’s eight-wicket loss. She was dropped despite scoring back-to-back fifties in the group stage of the competition held in the West Indies.

In response to the tweet, Powar came up with a cryptic message on the social media platform as he simply tweeted out a picture of a quote that read - “Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace”.