All-rounder Sneh Rana was preparing to travel to Sri Lanka with the India T20 and ODI teams. He was in good form at the World Cup and going out for railways in domestic cricket. There was no reason to ostracize her.
But though Mithali Raj announced her retirement on social media on Wednesday, Rana was stunned to find that her name had not appeared on any of the BCCI-issued Indian teams for the tour of Sri Lanka starting June 23.
Rana, who played a key role for India in the World Cup with Pooja Vastrakar, nevertheless made a decision in his stride.
“I was surprised to not see my name on the India teams,” Rana said. “I don’t know what’s wrong. I believe I performed well in the women’s T20 domestic tournament at the World Cup and then for the Railways. Nonetheless, the options are out of my hands and I need to look forward with a positive mindset and look for my third comeback.
India defeated Pakistan and West Indies in the World Cup due to Rana’s all-round heroics. The 28-year-old took 10 wickets at an event rate of 4.24 economy and was one of the highest wicket takers for India.
The selection committee, led by Neetu David, has been in the news for years due to poor decisions and the omission of Rana is another addition to the list.
The panel was criticized for not including Shafali Verma in the ODI squad against South Africa and skipping veteran Shikha Pandey and Jemima Rodriguez in Inform after the World Cup in Australia in 2020.
As a result, India had a disappointing performance in the post-World Cup series against New Zealand.
Rana, who made his ODI and T20 debut in 2014, made a spectacular comeback for India when he scored an unbeaten 80 against England and four wickets in a Test in Bristol last year.
“I worked very hard to make a comeback in the India team,” Rana said. “Overcoming injuries and bad form, I have focused and worked on my fitness goals to return to form. I will do the same this time around. There will be no domestic games as it is off-season. Have
Rana captained the Railways and took the lead from the front last month and then accelerated to the women’s T20 Challenge in Pune.
“I respect wearing an Indian jersey. I will work hard to do my best and make another comeback, ”he said.