Mithali Raj to retire from T20Is
Indian women cricket team’s experienced player Mithali Raj is all set to call it quits from T20 International career following the home series against England. However, she will be seen spicing it up in the 50-over format where she is still the captain of the team.
India’s three-match T20 series against New Zealand kick-starts at Wellington on Wednesday and it is still not clear whether Mithali will be a part of the playing XI.
Even if the veteran is picked in the playing XI, she will still not continue further than the three-match T20 series against England which is starting on March 4 in Assam’s Barsapara.
“Mithali understands that skipper Harmanpreet Kaur will like to concentrate on building a team for the 2020 World T20 and that she is unlikely to feature in that tournament,” a senior BCCI official told PTI. “But a player of her stature should get a warm send-off and that is likely to be against England,” the official said.
“It is still not sure whether she would like to play the full series against England or like former men’s team pacer Ashish Nehra, play the first game of the series and retire,” the official further added.
However, it is also evident that Mithali Raj’s place in the T20I side under the scanner because of her slow strike-rate which resulted to her being dropped for the virtual Women’s World T20 semi-final against England.
Mithali has so far garnered 2283 runs from 85 T20Is with 17 half-centuries and the highest score of 97 to her name.