The Indian batswoman will focus on ODI cricket from now on
Mithali Raj announces her retirement from T20I cricket on September 3. She was India’s first-ever T20I captain for the women’s team in 2006. Raj played 89 T20Is and scored 2,364 runs during her career in T20I. She will still play for India in ODI matches.
‘After representing India in T20Is since 2006, I wish to retire from T20Is to focus my energies on readying myself for the 2021 One Day World Cup’, Raj stated. ‘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’s last T20I match was against England back in March. The batswoman is the only Indian cricket player to score more than 2,000 runs in her career. She was also the only Indian captain to lead in more than one ICC ODI World Cup Finals.
India lost to England in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, becoming a runner-up in the tournament. Raj wants to claim the win in the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup. Meanwhile, the ICC Cricket World Cup this year featured the men’s team of India. They lost in the semi-finals round against New Zealand. Find out more about the tournament at Betwala.
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