Mithali Raj hints at 2021 World Cup appearance

India captain wants to take a call after seeing her form and fitness between now and then.

Mithali Raj became the leading run-scorer in women’s One-Day International history during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. She led India to the final where it fell to the indomitable host in front of a packed Lord’s crowd.

Anjum Chopra was part of the Indian Women’s team during the 2005 World Cup in South Africa. She returned home with mixed emotions faltered at the final stage to lose to Australia in the summit clash.

“I am not writing off playing the next World Cup but I will have to get through these next three years to get into the fourth year for that World Cup. It is also important for me to see and analyse how my form is by then (2021). So right now I am looking at the World T20 (2018) and the other matches I get to play in 2018.” said the 34-year-old batter.

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Even young boys have started to idolise women cricketers,” said Mithali Raj.

According to a study commissioned by the International Cricket Council, which sought the inputs of sports fans across Australia, England and Wales, India, New Zealand and South Africa. 93 per cent ranked the standard of cricket during the 2017 World Cup as the best they had ever seen.

Aside of domestic cricket fixtures, India will be touring South Africa in January for three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals. With the T20I series to be played as double-headers with the men’s exchanges.

“The domestic season starts in December and that will act as preparation for the South Africa tour,” pointed out Raj. “It will also be the beginning of getting back into the game for players after a three-month lay off.”