Mithali Raj, 39, the veteran cricketer has announced her retirement from International Cricket on Wednesday. The legend cricketer has kept a period for her 23-year-long career. As we all might witness her vigorous performance all these years, Mithali is one of the leading women’s cricketers and run-scorer of all time. Loads of runs to count, the tremendous scorer, the appearances, the captaincy, and the most-reputable awards cannot go unnoticed.
The 39-year-old cricketer took her social media handles – Instagram and Twitter to share her retirement statement. Her caption runs as – “Thank you for all your love & support over the years! I look forward to my 2nd innings with your blessing and support”. She also added that, “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.” The emotional statement from our most-capped Indian Women Cricketer took fans to reminiscence her 23-year-long successful career.
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The Transforming Teenager:
Back then in 1999, Mithali stepped into the world of cricket at the age of 16. Little did we know that she transforms into a successful captain of Indian Women’s Cricket. In the following decades, she exhibited her batting capacity and emerged as a robust teenager. The veteran cricketer led the team into two world cup finals in 2005 and 2017 with pride. Speaking of which, she scored 10,868 runs out of 333 appearances in the cricket world. To sum up, she has been walking as a mainspring of the team who is strong enough to lead a team. Howbeit, her retirement announcement from her might be an emotional one but she has paved the way for talented young players of the team to move forward.
The Second Innings of Life:
The linchpin of batting includes her Test matches, in which, she is known to be the only double centurion from India. She, thus, transfigured into the nation’s most run-getter in the matches with her unmatchable speed. Never to forget, Mithali Raj is a recipient of the Arjuna Award, a Padma Shri awardee, and the winner of the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award in 2021 as well. “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,” she also added. The veteran cricketer concluded that she is moving into the second innings of her life.