Former Indian skipper Mithali Raj announced her retirement from Twenty20 cricket on Tuesday as she is hoping that the move would help her fulfill a dream.

"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," she said in a BCCI press release.

"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 had captained India in 32 T20Is, including at the World Cups in 2012, 2014 and 2016. The 36-year old ends her career as India's top-scorer in the format with 2364 runs at an average of 37.5 and a highest score of 97 not out.

Mithali is undoubtedly Indian women cricket's first superstar, and has had a career littered with achievements that were unprecedented over the last 20 years. Yet, at this stage of her career.

Mithali Raj has alleged that coach Ramesh Powar humiliated her and discriminated her during India's World T20 campaign in West Indies which ended with a semifinal exit that the ODI captain wasn't a part of.

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