Indian opener Vanitha VR has announced her retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 31. The batter played six ODIs and 16 T20I matches for India from the year 2014 to 2016. Vanitha made the announcement through a Twitter post on Monday, in which she extended heartfelt gratitude to her friends, family, mentors and teammates. She also thanked the state associations of Karnataka and Bengal for whom she played domestic cricket.
Vanitha VR mentioned, “My heart says continue playing, my body says stop and I have decided to listen to the latter. Time is ripe to hang my boots. I hereby announce my retirement from all forms of cricket.”
The player specifically thanked the veteran players – Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj stating, “Jhulan for encouraging me from time to time and Mithali, she’ll always be my skipper! I look up to her both on and off the field. Her humility, grace and respect for everyone are life lessons.”
Vanitha VR made her ODI debut in 2014 against Sri Lanka. Since then she has opened the batting in T20 matches and batted in the middle order during the ODIs as well. She has played at an average of 17 in ODIs and 14.4 in T20 games. Her best ever score was 41 and managed to contribute some 25+ runs for the Indian side every time she batted as well.
Yet at the domestic level, she has played at a strike rate of 109.75 and helped her Bengal team reach the semi-finals of the Women’s Senior One-Day Trophy this year. She has scored a total of 225, including a 107 run knock against Hyderabad and 61 against Andhra. Although Vanitha has decided to hang her boots, she is keen on training the young talents as she mentioned in her farewell note.
“The next chapter of my life, I would like to dedicate to grooming young talents of cricket,” Vanitha VR concluded.
And it indeed is the beginning of a new challenge!