One of the most talented cricketers of the Indian cricket team (Women) and the former Women’s Cricket Team Captain Mithali Raj has announced that she is retiring from International Cricket. On Wednesday, 8 June 2022, Raj penned down an emotional and heartfelt note to her fans where she announced her decision.
On the social media platform Twitter, Mithali posted:
Mithali Raj started playing cricket in 1999 and debuted in the Indian Women’s Cricket Team at the young age of 23. Currently 39 years old, Mithali Dorai Raj retires from international cricket with a record of 7805 runs in more than 200 One Day International (ODI) Cricket.
Raj holds numerous records in the field of cricket. She is retiring as the most capped in Indian women’s Cricket and the highest run scorer in International Women’s Cricket. She is also the only woman to cross the 7000 runs scored in international cricket.
The “Lady Tendulkar Of Indian Women’s Cricket” quoted that
“like all journeys, this one too must come to an end. Today is the day I retire from all forms of International Cricket.”
Raj played her final International Cricket in the Women’s World Cup 2022. She is the record holder for being the captain for the most number of matches in the International Women’s Cricket World Cup.
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Mithali became the youngest woman to score a century after her unbeatable innings against Ireland, where she scored a massive 114. Raj had become the captain in 2005 for the first time. She also led the Indian Women’s Cricket Team to the Semi-Finals of the International Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2017.
After her announcement to retire, fans from across the world have been pouring in emotional messages and comments. The BCCI also tweeted: