On Tuesday, Mithali Raj who served the Indian national team for over two decades called curtains on her T20 career.
Mithali Raj was elected India’s first-ever T20 captain in 2006. Following this, she represented her country in 89 T20 internationals, scoring 2364 runs in the process- the most by any Indian woman. She donned the cap of leadership for the side across 32 of those games including the World Cup matches in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India). She was also the first Indian to score more than 2000 runs in T20s.
“After representing India in T20 Internationals since 2016, I wish to retire from T20Is to focus my energies on readying myself for the 2021 One Day World Cup,” said Mithali, who had captained Indian women’s first-ever T20I played in Derby in 2006.
She appeared in her last T20 game against England in Guwahati where she scored a 32-ball 30 and remained not out. Mithali Raj finishes as the sixth highest run-getter in T20 history behind Suzie Bates, Stefanie Taylor, Charlotte Edwards, Meg Lanning, and Deandra Dottin.
Raj is 21st on the list of players with the most appearances in T20 cricket and Hermanpreet Kaur is the only Indian to have played more games than her (96).
“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,” she said in a BCCI press release.
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