Mithali Raj, veteran India batter and captain, retires from international cricket

Mithali Raj, the quintessential legend of Indian cricket, has announced her retirement from international cricket.

Mithali, 39, made the announcement on Twitter where she shared a heartwarming statement summing up her 23-year-long career

Mithali retires not only as the most-capped India women's cricketer of all time

but also as the leading run-scorer in women's international cricket having amassed 10,868 runs from 333 appearances for India.

"Thank you for all your love & support over the years! I look forward to my 2nd innings with your blessing and support," she tweeted.

"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.

A recipient of the Arjuna award, a Padma Shri awardee and winner of the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award in 2021

 Mithali made her debut in 1999 at the age of 16 and over the next two decades became one of the all-time greats and a linchpin of India's batting