Mithali Raj, veteran India batswoman is looking at the ICC Women’s World Cup, which has been postponed due to 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Mithali has her eyes firmly fixed on the coveted trophy.
The World Cup which was originally scheduled to be held in New Zealand in 2021 has been pushed back to February-March 2022 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic that has taken the lives of thousands of people across the globe.
Mithali Raj: Eyes fixed only on Women’s World Cup trophy
“Whilst this is never great news to wake up to. I can understand the reasons why given the lack of cricket in some countries. I just hope those players who were planning to retire after the World Cup can hold on for one year…right Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami and Rachael Haynes,” cricketer-turned-commentator Lisa Sthalekar tweeted following ICC’s decision to postpone Women’s World Cup.
To this, Mithali replied: “Oh absolutely, my eyes are fixed firmly on the trophy. With all niggles recovered, mind and body fresh and stronger than before, I am definitely looking at World Cup 2022.”
Mithali had captained the Indian women to the final of the eves’ World Cup, the last time it happened in 2017 where they faced a narrow defeat against hosts England in the summit clash at cricket’s iconic stadium Lord’s, London.
Mithali Raj’s Glorious career so far
The right-handed Mithali has so far amassed 6888 runs in 209 ODIs and 663 runs in 10 tests apart from 2364 runs in 89 T20Is. She is one of India’s most successful female cricketer.
The 37-year-old had already declared his retirement from T20 cricket and now wishes to guide her team to win their maiden World Cup for which she has to wait for another two years at least until 2022.
She is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and is the only female cricketer to cross 6000 runs in Women’s ODIs. She is the first player to score seven consecutive fifties in WODIs.
Mithali has the most half-centuries in WODIs and is the first woman cricketer to reach 2000 WT20I runs. She became skipper in 2005 and has captained India, the first Indian either male or female, in more than one ICC ODI World Cup final in 2005 and 2017.