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Exclusive! Mithali Raj, Ex-Indian captain hints at making a comeback to playing cricket | Deets here

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Mithali Raj, the former captain of the Indian women’s cricket team, has indicated to return to cricket again. Mithali, who retired from cricket only last month, can be seen playing in the first edition of the women’s IPL. The first season of the women’s IPL between six teams is expected to begin next year. Mithali, who announced her retirement in June this year, has kept all her options open to play in the first edition of the women’s IPL.

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Mithali said, “I am keeping that option open. I haven’t decided yet. There are a few more months for the women’s IPL to happen. It would be great to be a part of the first edition of the women’s IPL.” The first episode of the 100 Percent Cricket Podcast by ICC.

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Looking back on her 23-year-old career, from making her international debut at the age of 16 to passing the reins on to the next generation, especially teenage opener Shafali Verma, Mithali elaborates on how the youngster made a deep impact.

“I have been a huge fan of her game. I have seen that she is someone who has the ability to single-handedly win any attack for India and against any team. She is one of those players. Which you probably get to see once in a generation.

“When I saw Shafali in a home match, when she played against Indian Railways, she scored a half-century, but I could see a glimpse of a player who could change the whole match with her innings.

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

Life after retirement hasn’t been a busy one for Mithali, who made a Hindi-language biopic on her life titled “Shabaash Mithu”. Actor Taapsee Pannu portrayed her in the biopic, which had a cinematic release earlier this month.

“I thought it (retirement) would slow down my lifestyle, in the sense that I didn’t have to plan my day, week or the next series. After my retirement was announced, I was down with COVID , and when I recovered from that I attended promotional events for the film.

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