Former Indian women’s cricket captain Rumeli Dhar is retiring after a 19-year career

The right-handed batsman and medium pacer announced his decision via Instagram post. “My 23-year cricket career that started in Shyamnagar, West Bengal has 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, including a half-century.

He has taken eight Test wickets since making his debut against England in Delhi in 2005. He played his last Test in Taunton in 2006 against the same opponent.

Since her debut against England at Lincoln in 2003, she has played 78 women’s ODIs, including six fifties, scoring 961 runs and taking 63 wickets.

His last ODI was in 2012. Dhar, who has played for Bengal since making her debut against the England women in 2006, also played in 18 T20Is in which she scored 131 runs and took 13 wickets.

At the age of 34, she made an unexpected return to India’s T20 squad against South Africa in 2018 and played her last match in the Australian women’s format at Brabourne Stadium the same year.

Leading India to the finals of the 2005 Women’s World Cup in South Africa was one of the highlights of her career.

“The journey is long with ups and downs. High represented the Indian women’s cricket team, played in the 2005 World Cup finals and led the Blue Inn women’s team, “said Dhar.

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According to Dhar, “injuries” affected her career, but she always came back strong.

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He thanked the BCCI, his family, friends and all those teams – Bengal, Railways, Air India, Delhi and Rajasthan for their contribution in his career. Dhar has promised to “stay connected” with the sport and “help nurture the country’s young talent”.

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