Rumeli Dhar announces retirement from all formats

Rumeli Dhar. © Getty Images

Indian all-rounder Rumeli Dhar has announced retirement from all formats of cricket on Wednesday (June 22). The 38-year-old made her debut for India in 2003 and represented India in 100 internationals between 2003 and 2018. 

“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 formats of cricket,” Dhar said in the message announcing her retirement on social media. 

“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,” she added. 

Dhar made her international debut for India in the ODIs against England in 2003. She has represented her country in 100 international matches, including four Test matches. In 2006, she scored a match-saving half-century against England in the fourth innings and shared a partnership of 77 runs with Amita Sharma to secure a famous draw for India. The right-handed batter was part of the squad for the ODI World Cup in 2005 and helped India reach the final of the World Cup for the first time. 

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The 38-year-old has also represented Indian Railways, Rajasthan, and West Bengal in the domestic competitions. She expressed her gratitude to all those who helped her during her journey. “Today as bid adieu to the sport I have always loved, I thank my family, the BCCI, my friends, 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,” she said in her post. 

Hailed as one of the best fielders, Dhar started her domestic career with Indian Railways in 2006. She was part of the Indian Railway’s squad for 12 seasons, which won the Senior One Day Trophy 11 times. The same team won the women’s senior T20 Trophy eight times.

Dhar has represented India in 18 T20Is and played her final international against Australia in 2018. “I am thanking everyone who has been there for me through all the ups and downs, everyone who have loved me, my game, pushed me when I needed the most, cheered me at my worst, laughed with me, scolded me when needed. I owe each one of you for everything I am today,” she added.