Mithali Raj, born on 3rd December, 1982, is an Indian cricketer and the captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team. She is often considered as one of the greatest batswoman to have ever played the game. She is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to go beyond the 6,000 run mark in Women’s ODIs. She is the first player to score seven successive half centuries in ODIs. Mithali Raj also has the record for most half-centuries in Women’s ODIs.
Mithali Raj has announced retirement from T20 Internationals. She led India in 32 T20 Internationals India including 3 Women’s T20 World Cups in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Mithali Raj was the captain when India played their first ever women’s T20 International match in Derby in 2006. In 89 T20 Internationals, Mithali Raj scored 2364 runs including 17 half centuries with a career-best score of 97 not out. Mithali Raj played her last T20 International match against England on 9th March, 2019 and remained unbeaten on 30 off 32 balls.
“After representing India in T20 Internationals since 2006, I wish to retire from T20 Internationals to focus my energies on readying myself for the 2021 One Day World Cup,” said Mithali Raj, who had captained Indian women’s first-ever T20 International team played in Derby in 2006.
She ended her T20 International career as India’s top-scorer in the T20 format with 2364 runs from 89 matches at an average of 37.5 and a highest score of 97 not out. She made her T20 International debut in 1999 and played her last match in March, 2019 against England in Guwahati.