Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj. Image: BCCI Women/Twitter

India Women’s National Cricket Team skipper Mithali Raj has hinted at her retirement from international cricket after India’s heartbreaking exit from the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022.

Mithali Raj-led India lost their final group stage game in a thriller encounter against South Africa by 3 wickets at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch Sunday, Mar 27, 2022, to get knocked out of the tournament.

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Sneh Rana and Mithali Raj
India women’s cricket team. Image: BCCI Women/Twitter

During the post-match presentation, the 39-year-old Mithali Raj, who has played 6 World Cups in her career, hinted at her retirement and said that everything should come to an end in cricket. She also thanked the fans for the support and requested them to support the Indian Women’s team in future. She said:

 “Everything should come to an end, it’ll take time to settle the emotions, but that is a sport. Thanks to everyone who turned out for every Indian game, it was nice to hear your cheers and keep supporting the girls and the Indian women’s team in the future.”

Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan Goswami. Image: BCCI Women

Veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami suffered a niggle ahead of the match and she was unable to take part in a crucial game. While talking about Jhulan, the India skipper said that her experience would have been helpful for the side.

“Her experience (Jhulan Goswami) would have added a lot, but this was an exposure for the other girls to step up,” Mithali added.

It ended our campaign, but I’m proud of the girls – Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj and Yastika Bhatia
Mithali Raj and Yastika Bhatia. Image: Twitter

Mithali, who is the highest run-getter in the history of women’s cricket, said that she felt the Indian players gave it all in the match. She added that even though they lost she is proud of the players.

“I personally feel the girls gave it all, it was an important game, was a good game, it ended our campaign, but I’m proud of the girls for coming so far. With the bowlers we had, I thought 275 was a good total, we had defended similar totals in the past,” she added.

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