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On the day one of the best and greatest cricketer Mithali Raj announced her retirement her father Dorai Raj was what she would do with newfound free time.

Raj won so many hats - guide, coach, sounding board, a mentor knows well enough to predict twiddling thumbs will leave now retired Mithali restless.

She is the most capped player and highest run scorer in the history of women’s cricket. India’s most successful women’s captain . and also a legend who inspired young girls to be in the game. Having a debut in cricket in in the age of 16 in a year of 1999. Mithali went to play 12 Tests, 232 ODI’s and 89 T20’s.

The deep desire to become a World Cup winner was what forced Mithu, she’s fondly called by family and friends to push all the boundaries.

She got off to a flying start on ODI debut with an unbeaten 114 against Ireland and has been the bulwark of the team for 23 years, despite living with bad knees. In 2009, the injury got so bad that there was a question mark over her future. Yet, Mithali, 39 now, endured the pain and played in six 50-over World Cups, leading the country to two finals, in 2005 and 2017.

Just hours before the Indian women’s team was named for the T20I and ODI tour of Sri Lanka, Mithali announced her decision to hang up her boots via a statement on Twitter.

The dream of winning a World Cup remains unfulfilled as Mithali walks away from the game. But being an icon for over two decades, inspiring a generation of women to take up the sport and helping increase the visibility of women’s cricket are invaluable contributions.

“From making my debut to now, it has been two decades omy life which has not been at home but on the ground - different countries, hotels, grounds, coaches and travel. It’s been a very privilege journey.”

“I would love to stay involved in the game and contribute to the growth of Women’s Cricket in India and world over.”

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