Indian player Rumeli Dhar announces his retirement from all forms of cricket | Cricket News

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Former India women’s team captain Rumeli Dhar announced her retirement from all forms of the game on Wednesday. The right-handed hitter and middle peacemaker announced her decision through an Instagram post. “23 years of my cricketing which started in Shyamnagar in West Bengal has finally come to an end as I announce my retirement from all formats of cricket,” Dhar said in his post. The 38-year-old has played in four Women’s Tests, in which she scored 236 points in half a century. She has won eight Test wickets since her debut against England in 2005 in Delhi. She played her last Test against the same opponent in 2006 at Taunton.

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She has also played 78 WODIs, scoring 961 carries and taking 63 wickets, with six half centuries since her debut against England in 2003 at Lincoln. She played her last ODI in 2012.

Dhar, who played for Bengal among other national teams, also featured in 18 T20s, in which she scored 131 runs and won 13 wickets after making her debut against the England Women in 2006.

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The 34-year-old made an unexpected return to the India T20 team in 2018 against South Africa, and played her last match in the format against Australia Women at Brabourne Stadium the same year.

One of the highlights of her career was taking India to the final of the 2005 Women’s World Cup in South Africa.

“The trip was prolonged with ups and downs. The pinnacle was to represent the Indian women’s cricket team, which played in the World Cup final in 2005 and led the women in blue,” Dhar said.

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According to Dhar, a “chain of injuries” plagued her career, but she always came back stronger.

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She thanked BCCI, her family, friends and all the teams she represented – Bengal, Railways, Air India, Delhi and Rajasthan – for their contributions during her career.

Dhar promised to “be associated” with the sport and “help nurture young talent in the country”.

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