India’s women cricket team captain Mithali Raj announced to retire from all formats of international cricket on June 8.
She established herself as the greatest female batter of India during her 23-year illustrious career.
The 39-year-old cricketer made her India debut at the age of 16 years in a 1996 one-dayer against Ireland and scored 68 in her last international match against South Africa in Women’s World Cup at Christchurch in March.
Raj is the leading scorer in women’s ODIs, who has made 7805 runs with seven hundreds from 232 matches.
She also played 12 Test matches, scoring 699 runs which include a career-best 214 against England at Taunton in 2002.
Raj led India to the World Cup finals in 2005 and 2017.
She has been the face of women’s cricket in India and her performance has inspired a biopic which will be released next month.
“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”, said Raj.