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Rumeli Dhar retires from cricket

22nd June 2022
Former India skipper, Bengal's Rumeli Dhar today announced her retirement from all forms of cricket.
In a letter addressed to CAB President Avishek Dalmiya, she stated: "I would like to inform you that I will be retiring from International and Domestic Cricket with immediate effect. It has been a wonderful journey. I have enjoyed playing for my country and, representing my country is always something that I have taken immense pride in and I will cherish the memories I have made both on and off the field while playing this lovely sport ."
"I would like to thank BCCI and my state Associations - The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA), Assam Cricket Association, Rajasthan Cricket Association and my institution Railway Cricket Board which provided me with a platform and opportunities to display my talent and hard work over the years. I would now want to dedicate my time to this wonderful sport and work towards grooming the next generation of women cricketers," the mail further added.
CAB President Avishek Dalmiya wished her the very best for her future endeavours. "Rumeli Dhar has been one of the leading women cricketers from Bengal. Her contribution to Indian and Bengal's cricket has been enormous. She leaves big shoes to be filled. We welcome her to be involved with the game in other capacities that she finds suitable. She will get all the support she needs from CAB now and always," said Mr Dalmiya.
Dhar, 38, played 4 Tests, 78 ODIs and 18 T20Is for India. She made her international debut in 2003 against England, Dhar also made a comeback to the national team in 2018, after a gap of six years when she replaced and injured Jhulan Goswami for a T20I series against South Africa.
An all-rounder, Dhar was a key figure when India reached the WODI World Cup final in 2005 in South Africa. For Bengal, she and Jhulan Goswami formed a formidable bowling attack .

Arindam Basu