Guwahati: Legendary Indian cricketer Mithali Raj announced retirement from all forms of international cricket. Mithali retires as the leading run-getter in women’s ODIs.
She represented India 232 matches, scoring 7805 runs at an average of 50.68.
In a statement, Mithali said, “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.”
She added, “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.”
Mithali made her debut in 2002 and is regarded as the greatest Indian female batter. She captained the side to two 50-over World Cup finals and has 7805 runs in 232 matches.
She also has 2364 runs in 89 T20Is, while featuring in 12 Tests.
“Thank you for all your love & support over the years! I look forward to my 2nd innings with your blessing and support,” tweeted Mithali.
Thank you for all your love & support over the years!
I look forward to my 2nd innings with your blessing and support. pic.twitter.com/OkPUICcU4u
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) June 8, 2022
Born on 3rd December 1982, Mithali Raj is one of the greatest all-rounders of the Indian Women’s cricket team. She is also known as “Tendulkar of Indian Women’s Cricket”. Mithali Raj has scored 6,888 runs (as of Dec 2019) in 209 International ODIs at an average of 50.64, while she has scored 663 runs (as of Dec 2019) in 10 Tests, including a double century and four fifties. Mithali is the only Indian female cricketer to score 2364 runs in 84 innings in the T20I format. Mithali has retired from T20I in September 2019.
Some of her achievements and records are listed below:
- She is the second women cricketer to score more than 5000 runs in ODI matches.
- She was honoured with the “Arjuna Award” in 2003 for her prolific performances in the sport.
- She led India to their first-ever test series victory in England in 2006.
- She received the prestigious “Padma Shri” Award in the year 2015
- In 2015 Mithali became the first female cricketer to win the “Wisden Indian Cricketer of Year” award.
- Mithali Raj is the only woman player to have captained India in more than one ICC ODI World Cup final. She did this twice in 2017 and 2005.
- In 2017, she became the Vogue Sportsperson of the Year.
- Mithali is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket.
- Mithali is the first woman cricketer who scored seven consecutive fifties in ODI. Overall, Javed Miandad is the only player ahead of Mithali, who scored nine consecutive fifties.
- Mithali holds the record for the 2nd highest scores in women’s test cricket with 214 runs.
- She is the highest run-scorer in ODIs, i.e. 6888 runs. She surpassed Charlotte Edwards of England with 5992 runs.
- She is the first Indian and 5th female cricketer to score more than 1,000 World Cup runs.
- She was awarded the “Youth Sports Icon of Excellence Award” at the Radiant Wellness Conclave, Chennai, in 2017.
- Mithali Raj got featured on BBC’s 100 Women list in 2017.
- Mithali became the first woman to play 200 ODIs on 1st February 2019.
- She got nominated for the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade & Women’s ODI cricketer of the decade in November 2020.
- In 2021, she is honoured with the Highest Sporting Honour of India – the Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna Award.
- She was the leading run-scorer in the women’s international cricket in July 2021 in the third ODI match against England.