New Delhi: Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj has retired from all formats of international cricket. He gave this information by tweeting. Mithali has thanked everyone for their love and support. She wrote that she would focus on her second innings. However, he has not revealed what this second innings will be.
Mithali Raj made her debut for Team India on 26 June 1999. She was playing for the Indian team for the last 23 years. The 39-year-old Mithali has scored more than 10,000 runs for Team India. She played the first World Cup for India in the year 2000. After this, in 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2022, she also came on the field for Team India. Apart from Mithali Raj, Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer for India to have played six World Cups. Sachin played six World Cups for India from 1992 to 2011 and won his last World Cup. Mithali Raj, 39, is called the Sachin of women’s cricket.
Mithali Raj tweeted a letter after retiring and in it she wrote, ‘I started as a little girl to wear the Indian blue jersey because it is the biggest honor to represent my country. In this journey I have seen good and bad. Each incident has taught me something new. These 23 years have been the most challenging, enjoyable and fulfilling for me. Like all journeys, this too had to come to an end. I am retiring from all formats of international cricket today’.
She further said, ‘Whenever I stepped on the field, I always tried to give my best. I feel this is the right time to end my career. The Indian team is in the hands of qualified and talented young players. And the future of Indian cricket is really good. I would like to thank the BCCI and Mr. Jay Shah sir for the support I have received as a player and captain of the Indian women’s cricket team.
It was an honor for me to captain the Indian team for so many years. It has molded me into a better person. I hope Indian women’s cricket has also got a better shape during this period. This journey ends here but a new one will begin. I want to stay in this game. I love this game. I would be happy to contribute to the growth of women’s cricket in India and around the world. Many thanks to all my fans. Thank you for all your love and support.