Mithali Raj has concluded her remarkable career, announcing her plan to “retire from all formats of International Cricket” in a tweet. Mithali completed her amazing career with a total of 7805 runs in 232 One-Day Internationals. She also appeared in 12 Tests and 89 Twenty20 Internationals for India. Mithali Raj also remarked in an emotional note that she had put her 100 percent for India.

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Mithali Raj wrote a touching note as her remarkable cricket tenure wraps up. The 39-year-old, who is hailed as one of the outstanding female cricketers of all time, thanked her fans and the BCCI for its assistance as a player and captain of the Indian squad.

Mithali Raj debuted in June 1999 and proceeded on to be one of India’s most successful cricketers. She made history by becoming the first woman to score 2,000 runs in WT20 cricket. She is also the first Indian cricketer to achieve more than 2,000 runs in the T20s (male or female).

In the World Cup, she completed her last match for India against South Africa. India did not qualify for the group stages of the World Cup, but Mithali produced 68 off 84 in her last match for the nation.

Mithali said in an emotional note, “As a little child, I stepped out on a mission to carry the India blues since it is the ultimate honor to represent your nation.  There were some highs and some lows along the way. Every experience taught me something new, and the last 23 years have been the most gratifying, demanding, and joyful years of my life”.

Mithali Raj’s Historic Career

Meanwhile, these are some of the milestones Mithali has earned or surpassed over her stellar international career.

  • Mithali has become the first player in ODI history to strike seven half-centuries in a row. She also set the milestone for the most WODI fifties.
  • Mithali Raj’s score of 214 against England in 2002 is still the second-highest individual score in women’s Test cricket.
  • Mithali Raj is the top run maker in women’s One-Day International cricket and the sole player to surpass 7,000 runs. Charlotte Edwards, the second-ranked player on the chart, is almost 2,000 runs behind her.
  • Mithali Raj is the sole Indian cricketer to have led her nation to two World Cup finals, one in 2005 and the other in 2017.

In September 2019, Mithali Raj became the first woman cricketer in the world to play 200 ODI matches for her nation. As of her retirement, she had played 232 ODIs for India.

 

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