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Mithali Raj led India in 32 T20Is India including 3 Women’s T20 World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India). @ PTI

Mithali Raj announced her retirement from T20 Internationals on Tuesday. She led India women in 32 T20Is India including 3 Women’s T20 World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India). She was the captain when India played their first ever women’s T20 International in Derby in 2006. In 89 T20 Internationals, Mithali scored 2364 runs including 17 fifties with a career-best 97 not out.

Former India captain Anjum Chopra led tributes on Twitter to the flagbearers of Indian women’s cricket. “Congratulations Mithali! Well played! Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense and will continue to remain; even as you quit the T20 format. @M_Raj03 @BCCI,” she wrote.

Mithali played her last T2I against England on March 9, 2019 and remained unbeaten on 30 off 32 balls.

“After representing India in T20 internationals since 2006, I wish to retire from T20Is to focus my energies on readying myself for the 2021 One Day World Cup. It remains my dream to win a World Cup for my country and I want to give it my best. I thank the BCCI for their continuous support and wish the Indian T20 team good luck as they prepare for the home series against South Africa Women,” Mithali was quoted saying in a BCCI press release.

Here are some other tributes on Twitter: