Mithali Raj bids adieu to T20I cricket

Mithali Raj bids adieu to T20I cricket
Mithali Raj holds the distinction of being the first Indian to reach the landmark of 2000 runs in T20Is.
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Mithali Raj, the former India women's cricket team captain, announced her retirement from T20 Internationals on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old led India in 32 T20I matches, including the three editions of the Women's WT20 in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

"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 said in a statement issued by BCCI.

"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," she added.

Mithali was also the captain in India women's first-ever T20I played in Derby back in 2006. Since that win against England, she played another 88 games and scored 2364 runs, the most by an Indian woman in T20Is.

She also holds the distinction of being the first Indian to reach the landmark of 2000 runs in T20Is.

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