India’s former Captain Mithali Raj Announces Retirement From T20 Internationals
India’s former Women T20Is captain, Mithali Raj, announced her retirement from T20 Internationals, after being available for the national series selection against South Africa, scheduled for later this month. Mithali led India in 32 T20I, including the three WT20 Women’s World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India). Mithali Raj retires from T20 because she wants to focus on World Cup 2021 as she will play her last T20 series against South Africa.
-Women’s Captain Mithali Raj Retires-
After representing India in the T20 internationals since 2006, I want to retire from T20Is to focus my energies on preparing for the 2021 World Cup One Day. It’s still my dream to win a World Cup for my country, and I want to do my best. I thank the BCCI for their continued support and wish the Indian T20 team good luck as they prepare for the home series against South Africa Women.
The first women’s T20I played in Derby in 2006. Since that win against England Women, she played another 88 games in which she scored 2364 runs, the most of an Indian woman in T20I. She was also the first Indian to reach the milestone of 2000-runs in T20I.
Although Raj had made her available for the South African series, it’s widely reported that, with the focus on young people before next year’s World Cup, the selectors could not choose it. The five-match series to begins on 24 September 2019, while the T20 World Cup scheduled in Australia in February-March.
The 36-year-old, who is the captain of ODI and remains committed to playing the World Cup for more than 50 years in 2021.