Mithali Raj on Tuesday announced her retirement from T20I cricket to shift her focus on the ODI World Cup in 2021.
The 36-year-old Raj, who is the highest run-scorer in the women's international game, made a surprising call after making herself available for selection for the home series against South Africa.
"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," Raj said in a release by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
"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."
BREAKING: @M_Raj03 announces retirement from T20Is— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) September 3, 2019
She led India in 32 T20Is including the three Women’s WT20 World Cups in 2012 (Sri Lanka), 2014 (Bangladesh) and 2016 (India).
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Raj, who led India in three World Cups, has scored 2,364 runs in 89 T20Is since making her debut against England in 2006.
She has amassed 6,720 runs in 203 ODI matches since her international debut in 1999 against Ireland women.
Raj also led India to the finals of the 2017 women's World Cup but England prevailed in the tournament finals.
New Zealand are set to host the 2021 50-over World Cup.