Mithali Raj leaves T20I, to focus on ODI

KOLKATA: Mithali Raj , India's most prolific hitter at T20 Internationals, announced on Tuesday its withdrawal from the shortest format of the game.

After debuting as captain in the first T20 International played by India, against England in Derby in 2006, Mithali played 89 games in which he scored 2364 races with an average of 37.5 and a strike rate of 36.3.

After representing India in T20 Internationals since 2006, I want to withdraw from this format and concentrate my energies on the 2021 ODI World Cup. My dream is still to win a World Cup for my country and I want to do my best, he said. Mithali She led the country in three T20I World Cups - 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India) - but the trophy eluded India.

There has been speculation about his retirement from T20I since he was out of the World Cup semifinal against England in November 2018. Coach Ramesh Powar then accused Mithali of blackmailing team management and threatening to retire if he was not forced to To open the tickets. There were also reports of differences with the T20I pattern Harmanpreet Kaur .

So what led her to quit now, weeks before the South African series at home? “I had decided to ask for my career in T20I shortly after the series at the home of England earlier this year. Before that, during the tour of New Zealand, I spoke with coach WV Raman and told him that I don't see myself playing the T20I World Cup next year, Mithali said.