Former Indian captain Mithali Raj said the Indian women’s team will definitely win a World Cup in the upcoming years.
After playing the game for more than two decades, Mithali announced her retirement from international cricket on Wednesday (June 8). Mithali was undisputedly the best player to play the game and the flagbearer of women’s cricket.
Mithali Raj retired from international cricket after playing over two decades
Mithali featured in 12 Tests, 232 One-Day Internationals and 89 T20 Internationals in her storied career of 23 years. She scored 7805 runs in 211 ODI innings, the highest in women’s cricket altogether.
“I set out as a little girl on the journey to wear the Indian blues as representing your country is the highest honour. The journey was full of highs and some lows. The last 23 years have been the most fulfilling, challenging & enjoyable years of my life,” Mithali said in a statement.
India will definitely have a hand on the World Cup: Mithali Raj
Mithali played in six 50-over World Cups for India and led them in four of those editions. In the 2022 World Cup, Mithali surpassed Australia’s Belinda Clark to become the most capped skipper in Women’s World Cup history.
India featured in two finals under Mithali but ended on the losing side on both occasions. India failed to qualify for the knockout stage in the recent edition in New Zealand.
“I had my eyes on the World Cup, which we couldn’t, but I am sure in the coming years, at some point, India will definitely have a hand on the World Cup,” Mithali said, as reported by Times Now.
Mithali retired from the T20 format in 2019 and also stands as the highest-run getter in the format at the moment. Mithali was engaged in a war of words with head coach Ramesh Powar during the 2018 Women’s T20 World Cup after he dropped the player from the semi-final game against England.
Raj had also written an official letter to the BCCI where she mentioned that Powar had humiliated her during the mega event.
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