Team India’s veteran women cricketer Mithali Raj has announced her retirement from T20I cricket. Although she will continue to play ODI cricket for India. The BCCI has confirmed this big announcement by Mithali Raj. Mithali has said that after representing India in T20 matches since 2006, she is now saying goodbye to T20 cricket. She want to focus on the 2021 ODI World Cup.
Mithali Raj’s Achievements
Mithali Raj captained India in 32 T20 matches including World Cups in 2012, 2014 and 2016. In 2006, Indian women’s team played their first T20 match in the derby, Mithali was the captain of the team.
Mithali played 89 T20 matches in her career, in which she scored 2364 runs at average of 37.52. She was also the first Indian woman to amass 2000 T20I runs.
Mithali said on her retirement “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,” .
Mithali in 203 ODIs, she has scored 6720 runs at an average of 51.29 with seven hundreds and 52 half-centuries. She has also played in 10 Tests with 663 runs including a hundred.
- Mithali is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket
- She is the only woman cricketer to surpass 6,000 run mark in ODIs
- She is also the first player to score 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs
- Mithali Raj played 89 T20Is and amassed 2364 runs