‘And BCCI say there is no difference in treatment’ – Twitterverse miffed as Mithali Raj doesn’t sport blazer during toss against Australia

‘And BCCI say there is no difference in treatment’ – Twitterverse miffed as Mithali Raj doesn’t sport blazer during toss against Australia

Mithali Raj didn’t sport any blazer while walking out for toss against England and Australia.

Indian captains at the toss
Indian captains at the toss. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

2021 saw India’s women’s team making a comeback in the longest format of the game after almost seven years. Having played their last Test in November 2014, the side returned to whites in a one-off Test against England in June earlier this year. Despite not playing the format for a while, the Indian team, under Mithali Raj’s leadership, showcased remarkable resilience and earned a draw in Bristol.

As of now, India are battling it out with Australia in one-off women’s Test at the Carrara Oval in Queensland. With the Indian side making an impressive return to the purest format, fans and experts from worldwide have been lauding them. However, a section of fans is not impressed with the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) approach towards women’s cricket.

Unlike Mithali Raj, Virat Kohli has been donning blazer during toss sessions

Apparently, captains sport blazers during toss sessions in Test matches. India’s men’s cricket team skipper Virat Kohli has also been following this tradition. However, Mithali Raj didn’t sport any blazer while walking out for toss against England and Australia. In fact, her counterparts, Heather Knight and Meg Lanning, were also provided the formal attire. On the contrary, Mithali just had her Test uniform on.

Several fans highlighted the same on social media and slammed BCCI for their ‘unfair’ treatment. With women’s cricket gaining a lot of popularity lately, fans weren’t happy to see Mithali without a blazer or a Test cap. Hence, it would be interesting to see whether Mithali or BCCI make any official statement on the backlash or not.

Meanwhile, Mithali Raj’s team has been nothing but impressive in the ongoing Pink-ball Test against Australia so far. Being asked to bat at the Carrara Oval in Queensland, India got off to a stellar start with openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma tackling the new ball with precision. While the latter got out for 31, Mandhana went to smash a spectacular century.

Coming to bat at number three, Punam Raut also contributed with a handy 36 before falling prey to Sophie Molineux. Meanwhile, at stumps on Day 2, the visitors are 276 for the loss of five wickets. While Aussies would like to restrict the damage, the remaining Indian batters would like to score as many runs as possible.

Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitterati reacted to BCCI’s ‘unfair’ treatment: