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‘One of the most influential Indians of her generation’ — Mithali Raj’s career celebrated as she announces international retirement

by Wisden Staff 1 minute read

One of the icons of the game, Mithali Raj announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket.

Raj made her India debut in 1999 and went on to stamp her mark across formats in an international career that spanned 23 years. She scored 699 Test runs – playing 12 matches – and accumulated 2,364 runs in 89 T20Is. Her biggest achievements were reserved for ODI cricket, where she made 7,805 runs in 232 games with the help of seven hundreds and 64 fifties. No other women’s cricketer has made as many runs in the format, played as many matches or hit more fifties than Raj.

She also led India in 155 50-over matches, the most any skipper has led their side in women’s ODIs. Her last outing was in the World Cup in New Zealand this year. At 19 years and 240 days, she’s the second youngest Test double-centurion of all time after Javed Miandad.

Her retirement was announced on Twitter and was met with a flood of appreciation as players and fans showered their tributes on a torchbearer for women’s cricket.

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