Former Captain Mithali Raj calls it a day from shortest format of the game

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Senior Indian cricketer Mithali Raj on Tuesday, 3 September, announces retirement on her illustrious T20 International career to focus on one-day cricket, keeping 2021 50-over World Cup in mind. The 36-year-old senior opener has captained the country in 32 T20Is, including the three women's WT20 World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India).

 

"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," stated Mithali, who also achieved the feat of captaining Indian women's first-ever T20I played in Derby back in 2006.

 

Mithali ended her T20I career on a very promising note as India's top-scorer in the format with staggering 2364 runs from as many as 89 matches at a very decent average of 37.5 and also has the highest score of 97 not out. She made her T20I debut in 1999 and played her last match in March against England in Guwahati this year when English women team toured India

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