Mithali Raj says goodbye to T20 cricket
It was a quiet walk towards sunset for one of the greatest Cricket players in India, as former captain of India. Mithali Raj on Tuesday he asked for time in his illustrious international T20 race. The 36-year-old has captained India in 32 T20I, including the three WT20 Women's World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India). Mithali, who is the first Indian woman to reach 2000 T20I races, announced that her decision to withdraw from the T20 internationals was to focus on ODI Cricket , taking into account the 2021 World Cup and over 50 years. After representing India in T20 internationals since 2006, I want to withdraw from the T20I to focus my energies on preparing for the One Day 2021 World Cup, Mithali said in a statement issued by the Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI).
Mithali, who had captained the first female T20I of India who played in Derby in 2006, finished her career in T20I as India's top scorer in the format with 2364 runs of 89 games with an average of 37.5 and one more score High of 97 not out. He made his T20I debut in 1999 and played his last game in March against England in Guwahati.
“It is 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 I wish the Indian T20 team good luck as they prepare for the series at home against South Africa Women, ”he added.
The former skipper’s announcement took the Internet by storm, with Mithali Raj trending #1 on social media, even as Cricket lovers from world over celebrated her career.
Taxes for Mithali
Well played for the great @ M_Raj03 when he retires from the T20 internationals. One of the pioneers. Waiting for a final charge in the World Cup in 2021 (sic)
— Harsha Bhogle
#MithaliRaj retires from T20Is, joining Jhulan Goswami as an ODI specialist. She has made immense contributions, possesses amazing numbers and deserves all the acclaim. Thank you, @ M_Raj03! I have no doubt that we will see her at the 2021 ODI World Cup (sic)
— Snehal Pradhan