Mithali Raj, the veteran Indian cricketer, announced her retirement from T20Is on Tuesday to focus on the next 50-over World Cup in 2021.
In 89 T20Is, Mithali has scored 2,364 runs at an average of 37.52 including 17 half-centuries and a highest score of 97 not out. While Mithali will end her career as the highest run-scorer for India, she is the sixth-highest overall.
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
The 36-year-old batter also led India in 32 T20Is including World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India).
Here’s how cricket fraternity congratulated Mithali on her illustrious T20I career:
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
Thank you @M_Raj03 for your amazing T20 international career. You are truly an inspiration & role model to many.. 🙏 👏
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) September 3, 2019
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) September 3, 2019
— Ajay Ratra (@ajratra) September 3, 2019
— Dhawal Kulkarni (@dhawal_kulkarni) September 3, 2019
Completely true. Thank you @M_Raj03 di for all what you have done for us on and off the field.
— Poonam Yadav (@poonam_yadav24) September 3, 2019
End of an era in t20 cricket @M_Raj03 she has inspired many and playing along side her makes all the things easy with her experience.
I wish her the best in the other formats, cricket will miss seeing you in t20s. pic.twitter.com/ON4riv64Wt
— Mona Meshram (@MonaMeshram30) September 3, 2019
— Marizanne Kapp (@kappie777) 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
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) September 3, 2019
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) September 3, 2019
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) September 3, 2019