Mithali Raj Forced To Retire From T20I Format
Mithali Raj is one of the most experienced women cricketer that Team India had. The 35-year-old Indian women cricketer has the overall score of 2283 runs in 80 matches, She also had a fine average of 50.17 in the ODI’s.
Following the strong numbers profile in cricket career, Mithali Raj is the key player that Indian Women’s had. In a recent women’s T20 World Cup, she was excluded from the team in a crucial semifinal game against England. Results were not good at all after Mithali’s exclusion as England’s women team captured the win with 8 wickets in hand.
Mithali Raj Forced To Retire?
No one has the pretty strong explanation on Mithali Raj’s exclusion. Words are being circulated that there is a very strong politics behind this move. According to the Mid-Day, There was a lot of uncertainty regarding Mithali Raj’s batting position in the team.
“She struggled to sleep peacefully throughout the tournament because there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding her place in the team. There was no clarity over her role in the team and her batting position. She was told about her omission from the semi-final after the warm-up session on match day,” the source told mid-day.
In the tournament, Mithali Raj had scored two consecutive half-centuries before missing the match against Australia with a knee injury. She was fit for the semifinal match but was still benched.
The source also added that “Before going to the T20 World Cup, she had not thought about giving up on the shortest format. She was keen to play a little more before retiring from it. Probably, the harsh treatment meted to her has forced her to think of quitting [from T20s],”