Mithali Raj, India’s former Twenty20 International captain, has announced her retirement from the shortest format of the game on Tuesday, 3 September. She is a legendary Women Cricketer India has ever produced in the History of Indian Cricket.
She made her debut in 2006 in Twenty 20 Internationals and her career longed for 89 matches where she scored 2,364 runs at an average of 37.52. Her career includes 17 half-centuries with a high score of 97 not-out against Malaysia in Asia Cup.
She has led the Indian Women’s Cricket team in three World T20 tournaments in 2012, 2014 and 2016 which were held at Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India respectively. She is the only Indian Cricketer in the history of Indian Cricket to score more than 2000 runs in the T20 format.
BREAKING: Mithali Raj calls curtains on an illustrious T20I career! pic.twitter.com/iNfcSbdeHM
— ICC (@ICC) September 3, 2019
The last game she played in Blue Colors was against England in March this year where she accumulated 30 runs in 32 balls. She stated in the press conference that this decision came owing to the ODI World Cup which is scheduled to take place in New Zealand in 2021. She says that she wants to focus on ODI cricket preparation and want to give a last try to win the World Cup in 2021 in New Zealand and put curtains on the illustrious career.
“After representing India in T20 internationals since 2006, I wish to retire from T20Is to focus my energies on readying myself for the 2021 One Day World Cup,” said Mithali.
“It remains my dream to win a World Cup for my country and I want to give it my best. I thank the BCCI for their continuous support and wish the Indian T20 team good luck as they prepare for the home series against South Africa Women.”