Former India skipper Mithali Raj on Wednesday announced her retirement from all forms of cricket after playing the game for over two decades.
Mithali Raj during a match. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Mithali was honoured with Khel Ratna in 2021
- Mithali finished with the most women’s ODI runs
- Mithali’s last appearance was 2022 World Cup
Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif on Thursday said that he wants to see Mithali Raj in a position of power at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Mithali announced her retirement from all forms of cricket after playing the game for over two decades.
“Mithali Raj gave Indian women’s cricket a template that thousands of girls followed. Would love to see her in position (of) power,” Kaif said.
Mithali Raj gave Indian women’s cricket a template that thousands of girls followed. Would love to see her in position power. @M_Raj03
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 9, 2022
During her career, Mithali became only the third cricketer and first woman to appear in six World Cups, joining Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan great Javed Miandad.
Mithali was honoured with the Arjuna Award (2003, Padma Shri (2015) and Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award (2021).
She finished with the most runs in women’s ODIs (7805) and as the only Indian woman to score a double century in Tests. Mithali is also the second player after England’s Charlotte Edwards to score 10,000 runs in women’s international cricket.