Mithali Raj Retires From All Forms Of International Cricket

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Mithali Raj Retires: Indian cricketer Mithali Raj has called it a day. She took to social media on 8 June to announce her retirement from all forms of international cricket. Her glorious career spanned for nearly 23 years. She made her debut for India in 1999. She will now retire as the highest run-scorer in all three formats of the game. The last time Mithali was seen in action was when she played in the 2022 Women’s World Cup.

Here’s what her Twitter note read.

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 Indian Cricket is bright.

I’d like to thank the BCCI & Shri Jay Shah Sir (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 honour to have led the team for so many years. It definitely shaped me as a person & hopefully helped shape Indian Women’s Cricket as well.

This journey may have ended but another one beckons as I’d love to stay involved in the game 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.

Netizens react 

Her tweet has been retweeted 3244 times and liked by 22K users so far.

Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted, “You have been a jewel in the crown of Indian cricket  @M_Raj03. When another little girl, like you once were, dreams of playing cricket, she will dream of doing what you did. Champion.”

Sports writer Jigar Mehta wrote, “A stellar career but more importantly, inspiring a generation of cricketers. The 2nd innings will surely be as crucial and fruitful as the first. Well played @M_Raj03″

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