Indian women’s team captain Mithali Raj announced her retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday. The 39-year-old announced the news through a heartfelt note she posted on her social media handle. “Thank you for all your love & support over the years! I look forward to my 2nd innings with your blessing and support,” Raj captioned her post.
Mithali Raj thanked everyone for the support she received during her career in the note she penned.
"I set out as a little girl on the journey to wear the India blues as representing your country is the highest honour. The journey was full of highs and some lows. Each event taught me something unique and the last 23 years have been the most fulfilling, challenging & enjoyable years of my life.
"Like all journeys, this one too must come to an end. Today is the day retire from all forms of International Cricket. Each time stepped on the field, gave my very best with the intent to help India win. I will always cherish the opportunity given to me to represent the tricolor.
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. I'd like to thank the BCCI & Shri Jay Shah Sir (Honorary Secretary, BCCI) for all the support have received - first as a player and then as the Captain of the Indian Women's Cricket Team".
This journey may have ended but another one beckons: Mithali
The 39-year-old further talked about what lies ahead of her after calling it a day in the Indian jersey. Mithali said that this is not the end of her in Indian cricket as she would look to get involved in other possible ways.
"It was an honour to have led the team for so many years. It definitely shaped me as a person & hopefully helped shape Indian Women's Cricket as well. This journey may have ended but another one beckons as I'd love to stay involved in the game love and contribute to the growth of Women's Cricket in India and the world over," wrote Mithali.