Mithali Raj Announces Retirement From All Forms Of International Cricket

Mithali Raj Announces Retirement From All Forms Of International Cricket

Legendary Indian cricketer Mithali Raj on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket. She took to Twitter to share a statement and thanked everyone for their “love and support”. Mithali retires as the highest run scorer in women’s ODIs. He represented India in 232 matches and scored 7805 runs at an average of 50.68. Matali made his international debut in an ODI against Ireland in June 1999. She captained India to the ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year, where India failed to qualify for the semi-finals.

It was under his captaincy that India reached the final of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup, where they lost to England. Mithali was also the captain of the team in 2005 when India lost to Australia in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup.

Mithali tweeted, “Thank you for all your love and support over the years! I look forward to your second innings with your blessings and support.”

This is the complete statement of Mithali Raj

“As a little girl, I set out on a journey to India wearing blue because it is the greatest honor to represent your country. It was a journey full of heights and depths. Every event taught me something unique The last 23 years have been the most exciting, challenging and happy years of my life.

Like all journeys, it must end.

Today is the day I am retiring from all forms of international cricket.

Whenever I stepped on the field, I did my best with the intention of helping India win. I will always cherish the opportunity to represent the tricolor.

I think now is the best time to cover my playing career as the team is in the hands of some very talented young players and the future of Indian cricket is bright.

I would like to thank the BCCI and Shri J. Shah Sahib (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 lead the team for so many years. It definitely shaped me as a person and hopefully helped shape Indian women’s cricket as well.


This journey may be over but another indication is that I would love to be involved in the sport and I love and support the development of women’s cricket in India and around the world.

Special mention to all our fans, thank you for all your love and support. Methali “

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