Mithali Raj hints at retiring; Keeps option of IPL open for women

Reflecting on her 23-year career, from making an international debut as a 16-year-old to handing over the reins to the next generation, most notably teen opener Shafali Verma, Mithali discussed how the youngster developed a profound impacted her mind.

“I’m a big fan of her game. I’ve seen her as a player who can win the game single-handedly for India against any attack and any team. She’s one of those players you probably see once in a generation. get to see.

“When I saw Shafali in a domestic game when she was playing against Indian Railways she scored a 50, but I could glimpse a player who could change the whole game just with her innings.

“And when she played for Velocity in the inaugural edition of the Challenger Trophy (women’s T20 Challenge 2019), she played for my team and I saw that she has the ability and brute strength that you rarely see at that age to clear the border and hit a six at will.”

Life after retirement has not stopped being hectic for Mithali, who had made a Hindi biographical film about her life titled “Shabaash Mithu”. Actor Taapsee Pannu portrays her in the biopic, which was released in theaters earlier this month.

“I thought it (retirement) would slow down my lifestyle, in that I don’t have to plan my day, week, or next set. After I announced my retirement I was suffering from Covid and when I recovered from that I got involved in the promotional events of the film.

“So far it has been as hectic as it has been (as a player), there is no change in my lifestyle yet. Maybe if all these things die out, I’d probably feel the difference from what it is after I retire,” Mithali concluded.

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