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Mithali Raj retires from all forms of international cricket, bringing an end to the Raj era

Mithali Raj, the most capped player and top run scorer in women’s cricket history, India’s most successful women’s captain, and a legend who encouraged many young girls to take up the sport, called it a day on Wednesday after a spectacular 23-year career.

Mithali played 12 Tests, 232 ODIs, and 89 T20Is after making her debut as a 16-year-old in 1999. Her total of 10,868 international runs in 333 matches (ODIs, Tests, and T20Is) will be difficult to match.

The 39-year-old set a global record by scoring 7,805 runs in one-day internationals at an average of 50.7, and led India to 89 victories in 155 ODIs, the most by any woman captain.

The 39-year-old, who has the most runs in women’s cricket and is the first Indian captain — man or woman — to have guided the team to two 50-over World Cup finals, will retire without a trophy in her cabinet.

Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj

Mithu, as she is affectionately known by family and friends, was pushed to the limit by her intense desire to win the World Cup. She was hesitant to call it quits without realizing her dream, but as she stated in her retirement statement, “like all journeys, this one must come to an end.”

“I began out on the quest to wear the Indian blues as a little kid because representing your country is the utmost honor.” There were some highs and some lows along the way. Mithali stated, “The last 23 years have been the most satisfying, difficult, and pleasurable years of my life.”

“I began out on the quest to wear the Indian blues as a little kid because representing your country is the utmost honor.” There were some highs and some lows along the way. Mithali stated, “The last 23 years have been the most satisfying, difficult, and pleasurable years of my life.”

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When given the choice between Bharatanatyam and cricket, Mithali chose the less traveled path. “Classical dancing and cricket were two things that captivated me early in my career. It was a difficult decision, but I ultimately chose cricket, and I have no regrets “Retracing her debut into the game, Mithali had noted that she served with dignity. Mithali dominated women’s cricket, although being pushed a little in the beginning.

“From the time I made my debut till now, I’ve spent two decades of my prime time away from home, in other nations, hotels, grounds, coaches, and travel. It’s been an incredible adventure.”

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There were also some low points, such as the altercation with coach Romesh Powar and the famous remark that the run-rate is overrated. Her concentration, on the other hand, was unwavering. Mithali, on the other hand, stated that she will continue to be involved with the game.

“This adventure may have come to an end, but another one awaits,” she said. “I’d love to stay active in the game I love and contribute to the progress of women’s cricket in India.” This will undoubtedly benefit the younger generation as well as women’s cricket.

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