"I'm keeping that option open"- Mithali Raj hints at coming out of retirement
But one of the biggest names in women's cricket is former Indian skipper Mithali Raj. The 39-year-old legendary batter announced her retirement from international cricket in June last month. However, now she has opened up on his wish to feature one more time in a T20 tournament.
Notably, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already announced that the inaugural season of the women's IPL will be played next year in India, which will give a boost to women's cricket as well. Raj said that she might think of coming out of retirement to play in the IPL next year.
The former women's team captain ended her 23-year incredible career as the highest run-scorer in women's cricket. She represented India in 232 ODIs and scored 7,805 ODI runs, an excellent average of over 50, while in 89 T20Is, she made 2,364 runs, along with 699 runs in 12 Tests, including a century and four half-centuries.
In an interaction with Isha Guha for the first show of the 100% Cricket podcast, a new ICC initiative to shed light on the post-retirement life of a cricketer, she gave a hint of coming out of retirement.
She stated, “I’m keeping that option open. I’ve not yet decided. There are a few more months before the women’s IPL happens. It would be lovely to be part of the first edition of the women’s IPL.”
Furthermore, she also praised the young Indian opener, Shafali Verma. She said that the 18-year-old is always great to watch while batting and she can win a game single-handedly in any situation against any team. Raj termed Shafali a once-in-a-generation player.