Indian all-rounder Rumeli Dhar retires from international cricket
New Delhi, June 22 (H.S.). Indian all-rounder Rumeli Dhar on Wednesday retired from international cricket at the age of 38.
Dhar played her last international match in the 2018 Tri-Women’s T20I series between India, Australia and England at Brabourne.
Dhar wrote on his Instagram, “23 years of my cricket career, which started from Shyamnagar, West Bengal, has finally come to an end as I have announced my retirement from all forms of cricket. The journey has been long with ups and downs. The Indian women’s cricket team was playing the World Cup final in 2005 and I was a part of that team. A series of injuries affected my career, but I always come back stronger.”
He further added, “Today as I say goodbye to the sport I have always loved, I am proud of my family, BCCI, my friends, the teams I represented (Bengal, Railways, Air India, Delhi, Rajasthan and Assam). Thank you) for believing in my abilities and supporting me, who gave me the opportunity to play for their teams, helped me pave my way towards the Indian team.”
The 38-year-old further added that she will remain associated with the sport and help nurture young talent in the country.
Dhar said, “Each match in this long career taught me a lesson which will help me in my second innings. Like all journeys, today will end as a cricketer, but I promise to stay connected with the sport and help nurture young talent in the country.”
He said, “Thank you to everyone who has been with me through all my ups and downs, everyone who has loved me, cheered me up during my worst, laughed with me, scolded me when I needed to. I am indebted to each and every one of you for what I am today. I am short of words to express the feeling I have today. I just want to thank everyone.”
Dhar, a fast bowler, played four Tests, 78 ODIs and 18 T20Is throughout his career, scoring 1328 runs and taking 84 wickets across formats. She was also part of the Indian team that reached the 2005 World Cup final in South Africa, where they lost to Australia by 98 runs. She was also the joint-highest wicket-taker for India in the 2009 T20 World Cup in England. In which he took six wickets in four matches at an economy rate of 4.78.
After making his international debut against England at Lincoln in 2003, Dhar made an unexpected return to the Indian team at the age of 34 when he was called up in India’s T20 squad for the tour of South Africa in February 2018.