India Women’s National Cricket Team batter Punam Raut has said that she is “extremely disappointed” after not being picked for the 2022 ICC ODI World Cup.
India women’s 15-member squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup was announced by the All-India Women’s Selection Committee on Thursday and notable names like Punam, Jemimah Rodrigues and Shikha Pandey were not included in the team.
Punam Raut was the leading run-getter of the Indian team during the 5-match ODI series against South Africa at home, she managed to smash 263 runs in those 5 games at an astonishing average of 87.67.
I Would Like To Extend My Best Wishes To All The Players Who Will Be Representing India – Punam Raut
The 32-year-old took to Twitter to express her disappointment at not being picked for World Cup. In the message posted on the social media platform, she mentioned that she averaged 73.75 in 2021 and said it’s disheartening for her to get left out despite performing well.
“Having been considered amongst the experienced batsmen and a consistent run-scorer for India, I’m extremely disappointed at not being a part of the World Cup squad. 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,” Punam wrote on Twitter.
— Punam Raut (@raut_punam) January 6, 2022
Speaking on the Women’s team selection, lead selector Neetu David said that she is not allowed to say anything on the World Cup squad selection.
“Right now we are not allowed to speak,” David told UNI after being asked about the controversial selection.
“Right now, I have no idea,” David said on being asked about whether the selectors will address the media on the selection.
The Women’s ODI World Cup is scheduled to begin on March 4 in New Zealand.
India Squad For The ICC Women’s World Cup, 2022:
Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Yastika Bhatia, Richa Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Jhulan Goswami, Renuka Singh Thakur, Pooja Vastrakar, Meghna Singh, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav.
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