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Rumeli Dhar, an Indian Player, Announces her Retirement from all forms of Cricket

Rumeli Dhar, a former captain of the Indian women’s national team, announced her retirement from all sports on Wednesday.

The medium pacer and right-handed batter made her decision known via an Instagram post.

Dhar wrote in her post, “23 years of my cricket, which began in Shyamnagar, West Bengal, has finally come to an end as I announce my retirement from all formats of cricket.

The 38-year-old played in four matches of women’s Test cricket, compiling 236 runs and one half-century. Since making her Test debut against England in Delhi in 2005, she has taken eight wickets. In 2006 at Taunton, she faced off against the same opponent in her final Test match.

Since making her debut against England in 2003 at Lincoln, she has played in 78 WODIs, amassing 961 runs and 63 wickets, and scoring six half-centuries. In 2012, she played her final ODI.

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After making her debut against England Women in 2006, Dhar played for Bengal among other domestic teams. In 18 T20 matches, she scored 131 runs and claimed 13 wickets.

She unexpectedly joined the India T20 team again in 2018 against South Africa, and that same year, at the age of 34, she played her final T20 match at the Brabourne Stadium against Australia Women.

Her role in leading India to the final of the 2005 Women’s World Cup in South Africa was one of the high points of her career.

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There have been highs and lows along the long journey. The highlight, according to Dhar, was playing in the 2005 World Cup final and serving as captain of the Women in Blue while representing the Indian Women’s Cricket Team.

She experienced a string of injuries throughout her career, but according to Dhar, she always recovered stronger.

She expressed her gratitude for their support throughout her career to the BCCI, her family, friends, and all the teams she represented, including Bengal, Railways, Air India, Delhi, and Rajasthan.

Dhar has pledged to support the game and assist in developing the nation’s young athletes.

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