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Mithali Raj Retired From International Cricket

Mithali Raj retired from international cricket. As one of the greatest female cricketers to have represented India, she announced retirement from all forms of international cricket. Mithali played a crucial part in popularising women’s cricket in her 23 year long career.

The legendary player stepped out of her magnificent career with a record 7805 runs from 232 ODIs, which happens to be the most in the format. Further, Mithali had an overall 10868 runs, making her the leading run-getter in women’s cricket across formats. 

The 39 year old played 89 T20 Internationals and 12 Tests in her long career. She scored a double hundred, and remains the only woman cricketer from India to do so in the longer format. Mithali had retired from the T20 format in 2019, and she was expected to stop playing all formats after India’s underwhelming ODI World Cup campaign  in March, as she was the captain of the team in the ICC mega event. 

Mithali Raj took to twitter to express her feelings after announcing her retirement. She had become a legendary name in women’s cricket as she continued her amazing skills for over two decades. Back in 1999, when she made her India debut, Women’s cricket was a neglected sport. Today, Mithali has inspired millions of girls to follow a path in cricket. 

Mithali has a record for scoring 7 half centuries in a row, and has played in as many as six ODI World Cups. Additionally, Mithali is the only Indian captain- male or female- to have led India in two World Cup finals. 

 

 

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