India ODI and Test captain Mithali Raj on Wednesday announced her retirement from international cricket through social media, bringing an end to a glorious 23-year-old career. Taking to Twitter, she thanked everyone for the love and support over the years and said that she is looking forward to start her second innings.
Thank you for all your love & support over the years!— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) June 8, 2022
I look forward to my 2nd innings with your blessing and support. pic.twitter.com/OkPUICcU4u
Mithali Raj made her international debut in 1999 and is the first women's cricketer to complete 7000 runs in One Day International cricket. In 214 ODIs, she mustered 7098 runs at a stellar average of 51.06. She scored 55 half-centuries and seven centuries, which is the most by a female Indian cricketer.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah has wished Mithali Raj for a successful career. Taking to Twitter, he wrote "A wonderful career comes to an end! Thank you @M_Raj03 for your immense contribution to Indian cricket. Your leadership on the field has brought much glory to the National women's team. Congratulations for illustrious innings on the field and best wishes for your next innings!"
A wonderful career comes to an end! Thank you @M_Raj03 for your immense contribution to Indian cricket. Your leadership on the field has brought much glory to the National women's team. Congratulations for an illustrious innings on the field and best wishes for your next innings!— Jay Shah (@JayShah) June 8, 2022
Apart from Jay Shah, former India captain Anil Kumble, ex india cricketers Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra and Wasim Jaffe, former Ireland cricketer Isobel Joyce, and cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle also extended their best wishes to the Indian cricketing legend. NCA chairman and legendary India batter VVS Laxman also reacted to Mithali's retirement.
An icon and true inspiration to so Many @M_Raj03 , congratulations for an illustrious career and for your contribution to Indian cricket.Whatever comes next for you, may it bring you the same joy and fulfillment.— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) June 8, 2022
You have been a jewel in the crown of Indian cricket @M_Raj03. When another little girl, like you once were, dreams of playing cricket, she will dream of doing what you did. Champion. https://t.co/AR32O9CKjI— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 8, 2022
Congratulations on an incredible playing career @M_Raj03 The world is your oyster and I can’t wait to see where you go from here— Isobel Joyce (@izzyjoyce) June 8, 2022
Congratulations @M_Raj03 on a glorious career. You are a role model and an inspiration to many. Wishing you the very best in your second innings 👏👏— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 8, 2022
A story, a journey, a life worth telling. You’re and will always be an inspiration for every girl who dreams of playing cricket for India. A monumental career to say the least. Congratulations and have a great life ahead. 🙏🏽🇮🇳 https://t.co/tgOkfKLa8B— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) June 8, 2022
Towards the end of her career, Mithali had been in form longer than some of her teammates had been alive :) That's how long she served Indian cricket. Congratulations and thank you @M_Raj03. Good luck for your second innings 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/dQYTP8fMxd— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) June 8, 2022
Even though you know this day is coming, you can’t help but feel a little sad 😔. An amazing player that put cricket on the map especially in 🇮🇳 Loved playing against you & enjoyed watching you adapt your game to keep up with all these youngsters. Enjoy the next phase Mithali xx https://t.co/QIK9nE1Vdo— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) June 8, 2022
You have inspired many to take the bat and play for India! Be very proud of your career @M_Raj03 👏🏻 It was an absolute delight to watch you in blue. All the very best for your future.— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 8, 2022
To play for India 🇮🇳 is a dream a very few fulfill and to be able represent the nation for 23 years is just amazing.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 8, 2022
You have been a pillar to Women’s Cricket in India and have shaped the lives of many young girls.
Many congratulations on a phenomenal career @M_Raj03. https://t.co/jVHmMTW2YP
She is also the youngest centurion (16 years 205 days) in ODI cricket. Combining Tests and T20Is, she has scored over 10,000 runs, which makes her only the second woman in the world to do so. With 314 matches played so far, she is the player with the most international appearances in women’s cricket.