Veteran Indian cricketer Mithali Raj announced her retirement from T20 Internationals on Tuesday (September 3). Raj, who became India’s first-ever T20I captain in 2006, played 89 T20 matches for India and made 2364 runs. Out of the 89 matches, Raj led India in 32 matches, including the world cups in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
Raj said about the retirement, “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.” She added, “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 played her last T20 international match against England in Guwahati, where she scored an unbeaten 32 runs off 30 balls.