Indian cricket legend Mithali Raj Announces Retirement From All Forms Of International Cricket
Indian women team captain and batter, Mithali Raj has announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket at the age of 39. She retired from T20Is back in September 2019 but continued to play in ODIs and Tests.
Mithali is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and is considered to be one of the most influential figures in helping grow women’s cricket in India.
The cricketer has a career spanning 23 years during which she smashed seven consecutive 50s in one-day international matches and led India in four World Cups.
To date, she is the only female cricketer to cross the 7,000-run mark in ODI Cricket. In 232 ODIs, she has scored 7,805 runs at an average of 50.68 including 7 centuries. Her tally of 64 fifties is the highest in WODIs.
Mithali Raj, a right-hand-batter will go down in the history of the Indian Cricket for her incredible run-scoring feat, including a record 7,805 runs to date in ODIs matches, almost over 2,000 more than her closest rival, the former Captain of England Charlotte Edwards.
Mithali Raj Achievements
1. Mithali Raj is the only female cricketer to surpass the 7,000 run mark in Women's One Day International Matches.
2. Mithali Raj is the first player to score 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs. She also holds the record for most half-centuries in WODIs.
3. In June 2018, Mithali Raj became the first player from India to score 2,000 runs in T20Is, and also became the first woman cricketer to reach 2000 T20Is runs.
4. Mithali Raj is the only female player to have captained the Indian Cricket Team in more than one ICC ODI World Cup Final.