Mithali Raj Announces Retirement From All Forms Of International Cricket

Legendary Indian cricketer Mithali Raj announced on Wednesday that she will retire from all forms of international cricket. She took to Twitter to share a statement, thanking everyone for the “love and support.” Mithali retires as the leading go-getter in women’s ODIs. She represented India in 232 matches, scoring 7,805 runs at an average of 50.68. She had previously announced that she would retire from T20 internationals. Mithali made her international debut in June 1999 in an ODI against Ireland. She captained India earlier this year in the ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand, where India failed to qualify for the semi-finals.

It was under her captaincy that India reached the final of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, losing narrowly to England. Mithali also captained the team in 2005 when India lost to Australia in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup.

The stylish batter scored 2,364 runs in 89 T20Is, the most by an Indian to date. Mithali also represented India in 12 test matches, scoring 699 runs.

She scored 8 international centuries and 85 fifties during her career spanning more than two decades.

Her innings of 214 against England in 2002 remains the second highest individual scorer by a batter in women’s Test cricket.

“Thank you for all your love and support over the years! Looking forward to my 2nd innings with your blessing and support,” Mithali tweeted.

Here is the full statement from Mithali Raj

“I traveled as a little girl to wear the India blues, as representing your country is the highest honor. The journey was full of highs and lows. Each event taught me something unique and the past 23 years have been the most fulfilling, challenging and enjoyable years of my life.

Like all journeys, this one too must come to an end.

Today is the day I retire from all forms of International Cricket.

Every time I stepped on the field, I did my very best with the intention of helping India win. I will always cherish the opportunity given to me to represent the tricolor.

I think now is the perfect time to close the curtains on my playing career as the team is in the capable hands of some very talented young players and the future of Indian cricket is bright.

I would like to thank the BCCI and Shri Jay Shah Sir (Honorary Secretary, BCCI) for all the support I have received – first as a player and then as captain of the Indian women’s cricket team.

It was an honor to have led the team for so many years. It definitely shaped me as a person and hopefully it helped shape Indian Women’s Cricket as well.

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This journey may have come to an end, but another beckons as I would love to stay involved in the game I love and contribute to the growth of Women’s Cricket in India and around the world.

Special mention to all my fans, thank you for all your love and support. mithali”

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