India's legendary female player and ODI captain Mithali Raj has announced her retirement from cricket. Mithali played cricket for India for 23 years and holds the record for most runs in women's cricket. Mithali gave this information by releasing a message on social media on Wednesday, thanking the BCCI and all the fans.
Mithali, who made her ODI debut in 1999, has put an end to her 23-year international career today. Mithali Raj shared an emotional letter on her social media account announcing her retirement. Mithali Raj wrote in her letter, "I set out on the journey to India wearing the blue jersey as a little girl, because representing your country is the highest honour. The journey was full of highs and lows. Each event brought me something. Unique teachings and the last 23 years have been the most fulfilling, challenging and enjoyable of my life. So like all journeys, this one too must come to an end."
She further wrote, "Today is the day I retire from all forms of international cricket. Every time I stepped onto the field, I gave my best with the intention of helping India win. To represent the tricolour. I will always cherish the opportunity that I have got. I think now is the right time to unveil my playing career as the team is in the hands of some very talented young players and the future of Indian cricket is bright. "
Thank you for all your love & support over the years!— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) June 8, 2022
I look forward to my 2nd innings with your blessing and support. pic.twitter.com/OkPUICcU4u
Secretary of the Cricket Board of India, Jay Shah, while giving information about Mithali Raj's retirement, said, "End of a wonderful career! Thank you. Mithali Raj Thank you for your immense contribution to Indian cricket. Your leadership on the field has made a difference to the national Have made the women's team proud. Congratulations on a wonderful innings on the field and best wishes for the next innings!"
Mithali Raj, who made her international debut on 26 June 1999, participated in international cricket till March 2022. During this he played 12 Tests, 232 One Day Internationals and 89 T20 Internationals. In 12 test matches she managed to score 699 runs with 1 century and 4 half-centuries, while in ODIs she scored 7805 runs with 7 centuries and 64 half-centuries. At the same time, he scored 2364 runs in T20 cricket on the basis of 17 half-centuries.