Mithali Raj On Retirement: Mithali Raj can say goodbye to cricket after World Cup 2022


New Delhi: Indian women’s ODI team captain Mithali Raj on Saturday indicated that the 50-over World Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2022 would be the final tournament of her 23-year international cricket career. 38-year-old Mithali also said that she is also looking for some great seam bowling options for lively New Zealand pitches.

India’s best female cricketer said during the virtual launch of the book ‘1971: The Beginning of India’s Cricketing Greatness’,’ It has been 21 years in international cricket and I know that 2022 will be my year of retirement, which will be part of the World Cup. It can happen later.

The book, co-authored by Harper Collins, is co-authored by Boria Majumdar and Gautam Bhattacharya. Mithali said, “The last year is equivalent to 20 years in my international cricket.” Mithali is the only woman batsman to have more than 7000 runs in ODIs, she talked about keeping herself motivated during the Kovid-19 period.

He said, ‘I know that we are going through a difficult period but I have done a lot to work on my fitness. Anyway, my age is not decreasing, but my age is increasing and I know the importance of fitness. It will be very important to be emotionally strong because we know that there will be very few visits before the World Cup.

Four bilateral chains

The Indian women’s team has to play four bilateral series. Which includes the overseas tour of England, Australia and New Zealand and then the home series against the West Indies in between. He said, ‘From now on, every tour is important to me as a batsman and at the same time I have to prepare the team for the World Cup and unite them.’

Mithali said, “Yes, I am very positive to see the girls, the way they are working in limited facilities at the moment, their attention and enthusiasm is focused on the upcoming series.” He admitted that fast bowling is a department that needs to be improved and it needs to create a pool for the future as Jhulan Goswami is also towards the end of his career.

Mithali said, “We definitely have to find some players and prepare for New Zealand.” During this, the great cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was also included in the panel, Mithali got some advice from him as well. Gavaskar feels that Mithali’s team can learn from Virat Kohli’s team how to challenge them without being afraid of rivals.

He said, ‘I was watching the 2017 Women’s ODI World Cup final at Lord’s with my wife. I saw that the England player was disturbing your lower order and intimidating them with their gestures. Gavaskar said, ‘I would like the girls to stare into the eyes of the opponent instead of looking down. I think ‘body language’ is a very important aspect. Look at Virat Kohli, he stares at the opponent and then the whole team does the same.

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