Mithali Raj quits T20 to focus on 2021 World Cup
Senior India batswoman Mithali Raj announced her retirement on Tuesday from her illustrious T20 International career to focus on one-day cricket. The 36-year-old senior opener said she wants to focus on 20121 50 over World Cup. The cricketer’s announcement came as a surprise as barely a week back she made herself available for the home series against South Africa, beginning September 24 in Surat.
“After representing India in T20 internationals since 2006, I wish to retire from T20Is to focus my energies on readying myself for the 2021 ODI World Cup. “It remains my dream to win a World Cup for my country and I want to give it my best,” said Mithali in a BCCI statement.
She further thanked the BCCI for the opportunities and support and wished the Indian T20 team good luck as they prepare for the home series against South Africa women.
Her career graph has been brimming with excellence sing she captained India in its first-ever women’s T20I played in Derby back in 2006, played 89 games and scored 2,364 runs, which is the most by an Indian woman, and was the first Indian to reach the landmark of 2,000 T20I runs. Raj has captained the women’s team in 32 T20Is, including the three women’s T20 World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India).