Mithali Raj retires from T20Is, says focussed on getting ready for 2021 ODI World Cup

first_imgMithali Raj has announced retirement from T20 Internationals. She led India in 32 T20Is India including 3 Women’s T20 World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India).Mithali Raj was captain when India played their first ever women’s T20 International in Derby in 2006. In 89 T20 Internationals, Mithali scored 2364 runs including 17 fifties with a career-best 97 not out.Mithali Raj played her last T2I against England on March 9, 2019 and remained unbeaten on 30 off 32 balls.”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 Raj was quoted saying in a press release issued by BCCI.Only recently, MIthali Raj had said she would be available for the T20I series against South Africa, starting September 24. The selectors were scheduled ot meet on September 5 to pick the India women’s squad for the 5-match series in Surat.However, Mithali Raj had said she wasn’t sure about her participation in next year’s T20 World Cup to be held between February 21 and March 8 in Australia.A major controversy broke in November 2018 when Mithali Raj left out of the World T20 semi-final against England. India went on to lose and reports emerged of a rift between Mithali Raj and India’s current T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur.advertisementMithali was also excluded from Indian women’s next T20 International against New Zealand in Wellington in February. Harmanpreet Kaur had explained the decision and said the idea was to give younger girls more opportunity.”We are looking to give chance to the young girls. We only have these 3 overseas games and then we are playing more in Indian conditions. That’s the reason we are giving chances to the young girls,” Kaur had said after India’s 23-run defeat.Also Read | Lot of credit to Ravi Shastri: Hanuma Vihari thanks India coach after Test heroicsAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Can feel for batsmen who face Jasprit Bumrah, says Virat KohliAlso See:last_img

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