Mithali Raj announces her retirement from international cricket
Mithali Raj, the legendary Indian cricketer, announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket on Wednesday, capping off a 23-year career. Mithali departs as India's greatest ODI run scorer, having played in 232 matches and amassing 7805 runs at an average of 50.68. She captained India at the ICC Women's World Cup earlier this year in New Zealand, when India was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
Mithali continues to hold seventh place in the current ICC Women's ODI batting rankings, which were revealed on Tuesday.
Here's Mithali Raj's full statement:
"I set out as a little girl on the journey to wear the India blue as representing your country is the highest honour. The journey was full of highs and some lows. Each event taught me something unique and the last 23 years have been 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.
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 tricolour.
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 the Indian cricket in bright.
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 Captain of the Indian Women's Cricket Team.
It was an honour 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.
This journey may have ended but another one beckons i'd love to stay involved in the game and I love and contribute to the growth of Women's Cricket in India and world over.
Special mention to all my fans, thank you for all your love & support. Mithali"