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Mithali Raj completed two decades in the international cricket and became the first ever woman cricket player to achieve this feat.

India captain Mithali Raj achieved the feat while leading India to an emphatic eight-wicket win over South Africa women in the first ODI of the three-match series here on Wednesday (October 9).

Mithali made her ODI debut against Ireland on June 26, 1999, has completed 20 years and 105 days of her career in the 50-over format.

The right-handed batter holds the record for playing the maximum number of ODIs in women’s cricket. She has played 204 ODIs till now and is followed by England’s Charlotte Edwards (191), Jhulan Goswami (178), Alex Blackwell (144) of Australia. She has led India in 10 Tests and 89 T20s as well.

“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. It remains my dream to win a World Cup for my country and I want to give it my best,” Mithali Raj said in a statement released by the BCCI.

Overall Sachin Tendulkar (22 years and 91 days) holds the world record of playing international cricket for the longest period among men and women. He is followed by Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya (21 years and 184 days), Javed Miandad (20 years and 272 days) of Pakistan, with Mithali coming in at the fourth spot.

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