Top-order batter has averaged 73.75 in 2021 with a century and two fifties
“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.”
Raut has scored 2299 runs in 73 ODIs at an average of 34.83 and has been part of three ODI World Cups and four T20I World Cups. It is not the first time that the right-hander was outperformed by younger, aggressive batters. Even in 2018, she was overlooked for a place in the ODI squad when the team management began grooming the teenaged Rodrigues.
“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.”
In 2021, Raut was also 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.