Raj: tantrum claims are my ‘dark­est day’

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In­dia women’s cricket player Mithali Raj said on Thurs­day she was “deeply sad­dened” by ac­cu­sa­tions that she threw tantrums and threat­ened to quit be­fore be­ing con­tro­ver­sially dropped for dur­ing the Twenty20 World Cup in West In­dies. Raj, the high­est run-scorer in the women’s in­ter­na­tional game and still In­dia’s one-day cap­tain, was left out of the squad for last week’s semi-fi­nal loss to Eng­land, trig­ger­ing a high-pro­file row with team staff. Coach Ramesh Powar blasted the vet­eran batswoman for “black­mail­ing” of­fi­cials, amid re­ports she had de­manded to choose her own bat­ting po­si­tion ear­lier in the tour­na­ment. “I’m deeply sad­dened and hurt by the as­per­sions cast on me. My com­mit­ment to the game and 20yrs of play­ing for my coun­try,” Raj tweeted on Thurs­day. “The hard work, sweat, in vain. To­day, my pa­tri­o­tism doubted, my skill set ques­tioned and all the mud sling­ing – it’s the dark­est day of my life.”

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