The post match presentation ceremony of the ongoing World T20 tournament saw the cricketer dropping hints regarding retirement.
The fifth match of ICC world T20 saw the clash between arch rivals India and Pakistan. A highly contesting match was expected by all the fans out there and they were not entirely disappointed from it.
Pakistan started the innings on a slow yet steady note. The performance of all the Indian players however was questionable as they failed to convert a handful of opportunities into wickets owing to poor fielding. Maroof and Dar slammed half centuries each to take Pakistan to their individual best total in the history of T20I. They managed to score a respectable total of 133/7 in the full quota of 20 overs.
India too gave a fitting reply to the target set in the form of the former captain, Mithali Raj who scored a quick 56 off just 47 deliveries. The Pakistani bowlers did well enough to take the match as long as the 19th over but couldn’t give the finishing touch. Indian women won the match by 7 wickets and Mithali was rewarded the player of the match as a result of her match winning innings.
However, her throwing light on her retirement plans in the post match presentation ceremony was a highly disappointing news for the fans. While answering to a series of questions after receiving her award, she said it is always a matter of pride and honour to represent one’s country on a world level and to contribute to its success in any form.
“Well, I see that representing the country is the biggest motivation and inspiration no matter how many years you spend there wearing the India colours,”
However she sometimes stopped and wondered whether it was the perfect time to put her foot down and allow other emerging youngsters to feature in the team. The 35 year old hence announced that this might be her final world cup.
“But yes, when you also think that the team has gone through a lot of transition, and there are a lot of youngsters in the side, so at some point (thinking about) more than myself, whether I would be able to give the best or not. There are times when I think about the team, whether it is the right time to move forward, and I believe that now the team is settling, so it could probably be the last World Cup for me, the WT20 format,” – she added