Mithali Raj hints at coming back from retirement to play Women’s IPL: Indian women legendary cricketer, Mithali Raj has hinted at taking back her retirement to feature in the inaugural season of the Women’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Raj had announced her retirement in June following an illustrious and memorable cricketing career that spanned long 22 years.
In her recent interaction with Isha Guha and Frankie Mackay in ICC’s 100% Cricket podcast, Mithali Raj said that he is open to the opportunity to play the first season of the Women’s IPL, however, she hasn’t made any decision as of yet.
“I’m keeping that option open. I’ve not yet decided. There are a few more months to go before the women’s IPL happens. It would be lovely to be part of the first edition of the women’s IPL,” Mithali stated when asked whether he would like to be a part of the inaugural season of the Women’s IPL.
Notably, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has coped flak for not investing enough in Women’s cricket. However, after reviewing the possibility of growth, the BCCI is now fully prepared to launch Women’s IPL in the coming few months or years.
It is important to note that, BCCI, every year, organises a three-team Women’s T20 Challenger series.
Shafali Verma is once in a generation player: Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj, who retired as the leading run-getter in Women’s ODI, heaped praise on young Shafali Verma. The 39 years old said she is the biggest fan of Verma’s game.
“I have been a big fan of her game. I have seen that she’s one player who has the ability to win the game single-handedly for India against any attack and any team. She is one of those players that you get to see probably once in a generation. 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,” Raj added.
Notably, Shefali Verma in the year 2019 became the youngest Indian cricketer to play Women’s Twenty20 International at the age of 15 years.