The stalwart of the Indian Womne’s Team, Rumeli Dhar has called time on her international career at the age of 38. Having made her international debut in 2003, against England in Lincoln, Dhar has played four Tests, 78 ODIs, and 18 T20Is, for the Indian Womne’s team, amassing 1328 runs and taking 84 wickets across formats.
Dhar announced her retirement through a post on Instagram, she wrote, “23 years of my cricket career that started from Shyamnagar in West Bengal, has finally come to an end as I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket.”
“The journey has been a prolonged one with highs and lows. The high was representing the Indian Women’s cricket team, playing the World Cup final in 2005 as well as leading the Women in Blue. A string of injuries plagued my career but I always come back stronger to make it count. Today as I bid adieu to the sport I have always loved, I thank my family, the BCCI, my friends, and the teams I represented (Bengal, Railways, Air India, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Assam) for believing in my abilities and giving me the opportunity to play for their teams. They helped pave my way towards the India team.”
“Each match in this prolonged career taught me a lesson that will help in my second innings. Like all journeys, mine will end as a cricketer today, but I promise to be associated with the sport and help nurture young talents in the country, giving back to the game in every way possible.”
“Thanking everyone for me who has been there through all my ups and downs, everyone who has loved me, my game, pushed me when I needed them most, cheered me at my worst, laughed with me, scolded me when I needed. I owe each one of you for everything I am today.
“Today I am running out of the words to express the feeling that is within. Just want to thank everyone for being there for me…and giving me so much love all these years!”
A Glimpse of Rumali Dhar’s Illustrious Career
In all Rumali Dhar scalped eight wickets in Test format with an average of 21.75 runs and scored 236 runs overall at a strike rate of 29.50. In the ODI format too she proved her mettle by amassing 961 runs while returning with 63 wickets at a strike rate of 27.38. in the T20I format, she managed to score 131 runs & claiming 13 wickets at an average of 23.20.
Dhar was a part of the Indian team that reached the World Cup final in 2005 held in South Africa, which India lost by 98 runs. She was also the joint highest wicket-taker for India in the 2009 T20 World Cup in England, after returning with six wickets in four games at an economy rate of 4.78. After taking a six years-long break from International cricket, Dhar made a comeback to the Indian team for a T20I series against South Africa in 2018. Dhar played her last International match in the tri-nation women’s T20I series between India, Australia, and England, at Brabourne in 2018.
For those who are not aware, Rumali was a pivotal part of the domestic circuit after featuring for some top teams such as Bengal, Railways, Air India, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Assam.
We at Cricketflicker wish Rumali Dhar best of luck in her future endeavors.