Captain of the women’s Indian cricket team, Mithali Raj announced her retirement from the T20 Internationals on 3rd September 2019.
In a country obsessed with sports, especially cricket it is next to impossible to not know about The Twitter handle of BCCI Women announced the official news of Mithali Raj’s decision to retire from T20i. She was quoted saying, “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”.
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
She further disclosed the reason behind doing so and said, “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”.
Mithali Dorai Raj was born on December 3, 1982 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. She attended Keyes High School for Girls in Secunderabad and Kasturba Junior College for further studies. She started training for cricket during her school days itself. Mithali was picked up for the Indian Team when she was 17. Two years later, at the age of 19, she arose as one of the most promising and talented batter when she scored a whopping 214 against the England team in the final test held in Taunton. She broke Karen Rolton’s record of world’s highest individual Test score of 209*, scoring a new high of 214 against England in this test match at Taunton. With her excellence performance and contribution towards the game and the country, Raj has won several awards including, the Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, Youth Sports Icon of Excellence Award, Vogue Sportsperson of the Year. She was also featured on BBC’s 100 Women list 2017.
She is currently at the top of the world batting table, having amassed 703 ratings. Raj is known for composure at the crease along with the ability of scoring runs briskly. In addition to that, she can also roll in some vital bowing performances with her arm over bowling leg-spinners.
Under her leadership, the country managed to clinch the the 2006 Asia Cup. India repeated the feat the second time in 2007. In May 2008, she led India to their 4th successive Asia Cup title. Moreover, Raj also crossed the 3000-run landmark on the way. Mithali continued to score runs on a highly consistent basis. In February 2017, she became only the 2nd player to go past the 5,500 runs in WODIs. However, she bettered that feat in July 2017, by becoming the first women batswoman to cross 6,000 runs in the limited overs format.
After the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures acquired the rights to make a feature film on Raj’s life. She said “Hoping that this movie inspires more people, especially young girls to take up sports as a career.” The biopic is in planning and the shoot is scheduled to start in 2019. Raj said, “I think Priyanka Chopra will be a great choice (to play me in the biopic). Our personalities match a lot. I am not a movie buff, so I’d love the experts to do their job.”
Here are some of her many noteworthy accomplishments. In 1999, she scored 114 runs (not out) in her One Day International debut against Ireland. Mithali was ranked world no. 1 cricketer in the ODI chart at the Women’s World Cup 2013. She became the first player to score 6000 runs in Women’s ODI in 2017. Later in 2017, she was placed in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year. One of the many records she made, includes playing the most number of WODIs (109) consecutively for a team.