Friday, 03 February 2023

India women batter VR Vanitha announces retirement from all forms of cricket

India women's batter VR Vanitha announces retirement from all forms of cricket

On Monday, batter VR Vanitha, who represented the country in six women's ODIs and 16 T20Is from 2014 to 2016, announced retirement from all game forms at 31.

She made her announcement via Twitter. India teammates Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj were thanked by the cricketer who made her debut match for the National Team in an ODI against SL in January 2014.

Besides, she thanked her friends, family members, mentor, and other teammates who had been part of her professional journey in the sport.

VR Vanitha also thanked the two-state association's cricket board Karnataka and Bengal, in domestic cricket.

Vanitha said in the post.

"Its 19 years ago, when I started playing cricket, I was just a little girl who was fond of sport. Even to today, my love for cricket remains the same as same as earlier. What's changing is direction. My heart says continue playing, but my body says stop and I have decided to listen to the body. Time is over to hang my boots,"

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"I at this moment announced my retirement from all types of cricket. It's been a journey of personal milestones, joy, heartbreak, learning, and struggles. While there are a few sad moments, I'm grateful for the opportunity I got, especially to represent Team India."

And the lovely innings come to an END!

— Vanitha VR || ?????.??.??? (@ImVanithaVR) February 21, 2022
She called her retirement from the cricket game "not the end but the beginning of a new challenge."

In the limited number of T20Is and ODIs she played, VR Vanitha scored 216 and 85 runs, respectively, and was a part of the Indian Team during the Women's World T20 at home.

During domestic season 2021-22, VR Vanitha guided the Bengal team to the semi-finals of the Women's Senior One-Day Trophy, scoring 225 runs with innings of 61 against the Andhra Pradesh team and a 71-ball 107 innings against the Hyderabad team. She enjoyed a strike rate of more than 100 in the domestic tournament.

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