Former captain Mithali Raj announced her retirement from the shortest format of the game on 3 September 2019 after having led the Indian women’s cricket team in 32 T20 matches including three World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India).
Mithali led the India women’s team in the first-ever T20 played in Derby back in 2006. Since that win against the England Women, Mithali played another 88 games in which she scored 2,364 runs, the most by an Indian woman in T20s. Mithali is also the first Indian to reach the landmark of 2,000 T20 runs.
- After representing India in T20 internationals since 2006, I wish to retire from T20 to focus my energies on readying myself for the 2021 One Day World Cup. It remains my dream to win a World Cup for my country and I want to give it my best, she said.
- Mithali was left out of the World Cup semi-final against England in November 2018, which was followed by India getting knocked out of the tournament.
- The former skipper was excluded from the team next T20 International against New Zealand in Wellington in February. Raj played her last T20 against England on March 9, 2019 and scored an unbeaten 30 off 32 balls.
- Twenty20 cricket or (Twenty-20), often abbreviated to T20, is a shortened format of cricket. At the professional level, it was originally introduced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2003 for the inter-county competition in England and Wales.
- In a Twenty20 game the two teams have a single innings each, which is restricted to a maximum of 20 overs.
- Together with first-class and List A cricket, Twenty20 is one of the three current forms of cricket recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as being at the highest international or domestic level.