Indian women’s team batter Vanitha VR announces retirement at age 31© Twitter
Batter VR Vanitha, who has represented the country in six women’s ODIs and 16 T20Is from 2014 to 2016, announced Monday that he will retire from all forms of the game at the age of 31. She made her announcement via Twitter and India teammates Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj was among those thanked by the cricketer who made her debut for the national team in an ODI against Sri Lanka in January 2014. In addition, she thanked her relatives, friends , mentor and other teammates who had been part of her journey in the sport.
Vanitha also thanked the two state associations – Karnataka and Bengal – which she represented in domestic cricket.
“19 years ago when I started playing I was just a little girl who loved sports. Even to this day my love of cricket remains the same. What changes is the direction. My heart says by playing, my body says stop and I have decided to listen to the latter. The time has come to hang up my boots,” Vanitha said in the post.
“I hereby announce my retirement from all forms of cricket. It has been a journey of struggle, joy, heartbreak, learning and personal milestones. While there are a few things I regret, I am grateful for the opportunities I have especially to represent India.” She called her retirement from the game “not the end, but the beginning of a new challenge”.
And these fine innings will come to an END! pic.twitter.com/ZJw9ieXHSO
— Vanitha VR || (@ImVanithaVR) February 21, 2022
In the limited number of ODIs and T20Is she played, Vanitha scored 85 and 216 runs respectively and was part of the Indian squad during the Women’s World T20 at home.
During the 2021-22 domestic season, Vanitha led Bengal to the semi-finals of the Women’s Senior One-Day Trophy, scoring 225 runs with 61 punches against Andhra and a 71-ball 107 against Hyderabad. She enjoyed a strike rate of over 100 in the tournament. PTI AH AH PDS PDS
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