Established top-order batter Punam Raut has expressed her distress at not finding a spot in India’s squad for the Women’s ODI World Cup, saying “it is very disheartening to be continuously left out.”
On Thursday, the BCCI named an 18-player contingent for the upcoming global event in New Zealand in March-April, where Jemimah Rodrigues and Shikha Pandey were also among the high-profile players to be left out. The release that carried the squad announcement, however, did not explain these notable exclusions.
Raut, 32, was part of the ODI squads for the England and Australia tours last year and also featured in the previous edition of the World Cup when India ended as the runners-up. In the six ODIs that she played in 2021, Raut accumulated a massive 295 runs, including a hundred, at an astonishing average of 73.75. But not astonishing enough for the Indian selectors.
“Having being considered amongst the experienced batsmen and a consistent run scorer for India, I am extremely disappointed at not being a part of the World Cup squad,” Raut wrote on Twitter. In 2021, I averaged 73.75, scoring 295 runs which included a hundred and two half centuries in the six ODI games that I played. It is very disheartening to be continuously left out even after performing. Having said that, I would like to extend my best wishes to all the players who will be representing India.”
“I don’t think too much about strike rate. I focus on my contribution to the team,” Raut had said during ODI series against South Africa in March last year. “As for making comebacks [as I have in the past], it is important to stay mentally strong. There are people who tell me that my strike rate is low, but I don’t let it worry me. I keep working on my game.”
This exclusion of Raut also comes after she was promoted from Grade C to B in BCCI’s central contracts that are handed out for India Women, after a successful limited-overs series against South Africa at home.
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