Indian veteran batter Mithali Raj announced retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday. The 39-year-old, one of the biggest names in women’s cricket, captained India to two 50-over World Cup finals.
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."
After making her debut at a 16-year-old in 1999, Mithali represented India in 12 Tests, 232 ODIs and 89 T20Is in all. She is leading run getter in women's ODIs, a format in which she has played 232 matches, scoring 7805 runs at an average of 50.68. She played her last match for India in the World Cup against South Africa, scoring 68 off 84.
"I set out as a little girl on the journey to wear the India blues 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 the most fulfilling, challenging and enjoyable years of my life. Like all journeys, this one too must come to an end,” Mithali wrote in her statement.
Read the full statement below