Indian women cricketer Mithali Raj has announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket on Wednesday. The 39-year-old took to social media to thank the BCCI and her fans for the support their support over the years. Mithali Raj in a statement said that she would like to stay involved in cricket and contribute to the growth of women’s cricket in India.
Mithali Raj’s stats in international cricket
Since her debut in the year 1999, Mithali Raj has played 12 Tests, 89 T20Is, and 232 WODIs for India. The 39-year-old amassed 2,364 T20I runs, 7,805 ODI runs, and 699 Test runs in her career, averaging 37.52, 50.68, and 43.68, respectively. She is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket at this moment.
Mithali Raj awards and achievements
Mithali Raj is also the recipient of many national awards, including the Arjuna Award (2003), Padma Shri (2015), and Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna (2021). Mithali Raj holds various records to her name including most runs scored for India in all formats. She led the India Women’s Cricket Team to their first-ever World Cup final in the year 2005, where they lost to Australia. She also led India to another World Cup final in 2017, this time lost to England. In the year 2017, Mithali Raj was named as one of the players in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of that Year.