Former India women’s team captain Rumeli Dhar on Wednesday announced her retirement from all forms of the game. The right-handed batsman and medium pacer announced his decision via an Instagram post. “My 23 years of cricket, which began in Shyamnagar, West Bengal, have finally come to an end as I have announced my retirement from all forms of cricket,” Dhar said in his post. The 38-year-old played four women’s Tests in which she scored 236 runs with one half-century. He has taken eight Test wickets since making his debut against England in Delhi in 2005. He played his last Test against the same opponent in 2006 at Taunton.
She also played 78 women’s ODIs with six half-centuries since her debut against England at Lincoln in 2003, scoring 961 runs and taking 63 wickets. He played his last ODI in 2012.
Dhar, who played for Bengal among other home teams, also played 18 T20Is, scoring 131 runs and taking 13 wickets since making her debut against England Women in 2006.
At the age of 34, she made an unexpected return to the India T20 squad in 2018 against South Africa, and played her last game in the format against Australia Women at the Brabourne Stadium in the same year.
One of the highlights of her career was taking India to the final of the 2005 Women’s World Cup in South Africa.
“The journey has been long with ups and downs. High was representing the Indian women’s cricket team, playing the 2005 World Cup final as well as leading the Women in Blue,” said Dhar.
According to Dhar, “a string of injuries” affected her career, but she always came back strong.
He thanked the BCCI, his family, friends and all those teams – Bengal, Railways, Air India, Delhi and Rajasthan – for their contribution during his career.
Dhar has promised to “stay connected” with the sport and “help nurture young talent in the country”.
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