Mithali Raj T20I retirement: The legendary Indian cricketer has hung her boots from the shortest format of the game.
Former India captain and legendary batswoman Mithali Raj has announced her retirement from T20Is. Raj, 36, has taken the decision to try another attempt at the Women’s ODI World Cup to be played in 2021.
In 89 T20Is, Raj has scored 2,364 runs at an average of 37.52 including 17 half-centuries and a highest score of 97 not out. While Raj’s will end her career as the highest run-scorer for India, she is the sixth-highest overall.
In 32 T20Is as captain, Raj has scored 841 runs at an average of 35.04 including five half-centuries. India won 17 and lost 15 matches under Raj’s leadership in the shortest format. Raj also led India to T20I World Cups in 2012, 2014 and 2016 respectively.
“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,” Raj said in a BCCI press release.
Mithali Raj T20I retirement:
BREAKING: @M_Raj03 announces retirement from T20Is
She led India in 32 T20Is including the three Women’s WT20 World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India).
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) September 3, 2019
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) September 3, 2019
The beginning of the end. https://t.co/DerJeqtWte
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) September 3, 2019
#MithaliRaj retires from T20Is, joining Jhulan Goswami as an ODI specialist. She’s made immense contributions, possesses mind boggling numbers, and deserves all the acclaim.
Thank you, @M_Raj03!
I have no doubt we’ll see her in the 2021 ODI World Cup.
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) September 3, 2019
Well played to the great @M_Raj03 as she retires from T20 internationals. One of the pioneers. Looking forward to one final charge at the World Cup in 2021.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 3, 2019
Former India T20I captain, Mithali Raj, has announced her retirement from T20 Internationals. pic.twitter.com/G4QdIvRgo3
— ANI (@ANI) September 3, 2019
Mithali Raj decided to quit T20 Internationals after a career spanning 89 matches in which he scored 2364 runs and 17 half-centuries. She led India in 32 T20Is. Watch our interview with @M_Raj03 pic.twitter.com/agJqPOOOJb
— SheThePeople (@SheThePeople) September 3, 2019
Mithali Raj retires from T20 internationals as the 6th highest run scorer in the women’s game (2,364), and with the highest career average (37.52) of any woman to have scored more than 500+ runs. #ThankYouMithaliRaj @M_Raj03 #MithaliRaj #MithaliRajRetires pic.twitter.com/ZsxLRzXpx1
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) September 3, 2019
— Mathan Kumar (@Mathanmahe777) September 3, 2019
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