In 2006 ,Mithali became the India’s first ever T20I ,who played 89 matches while scoring 2364 runs the maximum an India women have scored .In the world cups of 2013 ,2014 and 2016 she lead the India cricket team with pride .
She last appeared in the T20I match against England which was held in Guwahati where she managed to score 32-ball 30 unbeaten.
After Suzie Bates, Stafanie Taylor, Charlotte Edwards, Meg Lanning and Deandra Dottin, she is retiring as the 6th highest run getter in T20I ,where she stands the only Indian to score more than 2000 runs .
Mithali stands strong on 21st number of the most appeared player in T20 internationals.
Despite the disputes with the team management about the head coach, Mithali made herself available a week ago for the series against South Africa.
In a statement given by her she said,"After representing India in T20 internationals since 2006, my wish is to retire from T20Is to focus my energies on getting ready for the 2021 One Day World Cup".
Addition to this she said -
"It remains my dream to win a
World Cup for India and I want to give my best for it. I thank the BCCI for
their continuous support and I wish the Indian T20 team good luck for the home
series against South Africa Women."
Her decision have come up as a surprise for many and the India’s One-Day International (ODI) captain brought it to the notice of BCCI selection panel that the home series against England would be her last .
Prior to this decision , on Thursday the national selection committee will meet in Mumbai to select the team for the upcoming five match T20I series against South Africa which will take place on September 24-October 4 in Surat.