Mithali Raj, Indian women's cricket icon, announces retirement from all forms of game

Indian women's cricket legend and captain Mithali Raj has announced her retirement from all forms of the game

Mithali, who made her debut for India in 1999 went on to become one of the greatest players to ever play

and ended her career as the leading run-scorer in all three formats in Women's cricket.

Labelling the last 23 years as the most challenging, fulfilling and enjoyable, Mithali brought curtains on an illustrious career

The 37-year-old last played international cricket in March this year in the 2022 Women's World Cup

where she led the Indian team, however, the Women in Blue couldn't make it to the semi-finals

In a heartfelt letter on social media announcing her retirement, Mithali wrote, "I set out as a little girl on the journey to wear the India blues

as representing your country is the highest honour. The journey was full of highs and some lows

Each event taught me something unique and the last 23 years have been the most fulfilling, challenging and enjoyable years of my life.

Today is the day I retire from all forms of international Cricket. Each time I stepped on the field, I gave my very best with the intent to help India win