Mithali Raj, the woman who led India women’s team in 32 T20Is including three Women’s World T20 cups in the year 2012, 2014 and 2016 respectively, on Tuesday, announced her retirement from T20Is.
“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. 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,” said Mithali Raj.
Mithali has had a long-lived cricket career, wherein she played a total 89 match T20Is, scoring 2,364 runs. Mithali led India in the first-ever Women’s T20I that was played in Derby back in the year 2006 where the Women in Blue registered a sumptuous victory against the England Women cricket team.
Mithali has numerous records registered under her name including the first player to score 6,000 runs in WODIs, the second player to score 5,500 runs in WODIs, the highest individual score by an Indian Woman Cricketer in a World Cup match, most consecutive fifties by a player, etc.
Raj, who is known as the Tendulkar of Indian Women’s Cricket, has been awarded with the Padma Shri and Arjuna Awards. She has also been recognized with Vogue Sportsperson of the Year and Youth Sports Icon of Excellence Award.