Women’s cricket / Mithali Raj retires from international T-20, highest scoring Indian in this format

  • Mithali scored 2364 runs in 89 matches in T-20 format
  • Mithali said- Announced retirement to focus on 2021 World Cup

New Delhi: Indian women cricketer Mithali Raj announced her retirement from T-20 International on Tuesday. Mithali said, ‘After representing India in T-20 since 2006, I retire from this format. This will help me focus on the ODI World Cup to be held in 2021, Mithali has said.

Mithali has scored 2364 runs in 89 matches for India in the women’s T-20.

Mithali’s dream of winning World Cup for country is still unfulfilled: Mithali said- My dream of winning the World Cup for the country is still unfulfilled and I want to give my best in it. I want to thank the BCCI for their continued support to me. I wish the Indian T-20 team all the best for the next series against South Africa.

Mithali captained 32 T-20 matches: Mithali Raj was the first captain of the India women’s team in the T-20 format. The match was played in 2006 in Derby. She led India in 32 T-20 matches. This includes the T-20 Women’s World Cup held in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Mithali is the first Indian woman to touch the 2000 figure in T-20. She last led the team in 2016.

Mithali-Harmanpreet controversy: Last year, the team management and Harmanpreet Kaur decided not to include Mithali in the semi-final match against England in the T-20 World Cup. The Indian team lost that match. There was a lot of controversy about this. Mithali had hit two consecutive half-centuries in the tournament. Nevertheless, she was excluded from the playing XI. India later lost that match as well.

Mithali with Harmanpreet.

Mithali also complained to the COA against the then coach Ramesh Powar. As a result, Ramesh Powar’s contract was not renewed. WV Raman was replaced as coach.