Mithali Raj Announces Retirement From All the Formats Of The Game
By CricShots - Jun 8, 2022 2:35 pm
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The veteran Indian cricketer, Mithali Raj has now decided to retire from all forms of international cricket. The 39-year-old Mithali is the leading run-getter in women’s ODIs and finished with a tally of 7805 runs in the format. In 89 T20Is, Mithali Raj has amassed 2364 runs while she managed to score 699 runs in 12 Test matches. Under Mithali Raj, India had reached the final of the women’s ODI World Cup back in 2017.

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Indian Cricketer Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj made her debut back in June 1999 and she has ended her career as one of the most accomplished cricketers for India. She played her last match for India in the World Cup against South Africa. India failed to reach the knockouts in the World Cup but Mithali scored 68 off 84 in what turned out to be her last match for the country. eIn an emotional note posted on Twitter, Mithali Raj said she had given her best for the country.

In a statement announcing her retirement, “I set out as a little girl on the journey to wear the India blues as representing your country is the highest honor. The journey was full of highs and some lows. Each event taught me something unique and the last 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.”

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He further added, “Each time I stepped on the field, I gave my very best with the intent to help India win. I will always cherish the opportunity given to me to represent the tricolor. I feel now is the perfect time to call 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.”

Her retirement note further added, “I’d 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 the 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 helped shape Indian Women’s Cricket as well.”

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Mithali Raj finished her international career with 7 ODI century and a ton in Tests as well. In Tests, she scored 4 half-centuries while she hit 64 half-centuries in ODIs and 17 in T20Is.