Mithali Raj on Tuesday (September 3) announced her retirement from T20 Internationals. Mithali led India in 32 T20s, including the three Women’s World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India).
Overall, Mithali, 36, played another 89 T20s, scoring 2,364 runs with 17 half-centuries. She is also the first Indian to reach the landmark of 2,000 runs in the format. (CRICKET NEWS)
“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," said Mithali.
"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."
While Mithali’s weight of runs has been impressive, the concern regarding her game in T20s was her strike-rate. In 2018, she wasn't too far behind her teammates Harmanpreet Kaur (663) and Smriti Mandhana (622) in the run charts, but her 575 runs came at a strike-rate of 105.89.
In 2019, she managed 81 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of 90.
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