VR Vanitha Retirement: VR Vanitha who enjoyed a successful stint with the Indian Women’s team as a batter from 2014 to 2016 has announced her retirement from all formats of cricket. Vanitha played six ODIs & 16 T20Is for the Indian women’s team with her last international game coming back in November 2016. Vanitha announced her decision via her official Twitter account.
“19 years ago, when I started playing cricket, I was just a little girl who loved sport. Even to this day, my love for cricket remains the same. What’s changing is direction. My heart says continue playing, my body says stop and I’ve decided to listen to the latter. Time is ripe to hang my boots. I hereby announce my retirement from all forms of cricket,” she wrote in her retirement statement on social media.
“It’s been a journey of struggles, joy, heartbreak, learning, and personal milestones. While there are a few regrets, I’m grateful for the opportunities I got, especially to represent India. Along the way, there have been many people I want to thank, each and everyone who has supported me through these years. Cricket has given me everything, friendships, joys, identity, and memories that will cherish forever. The next chapter of my life I would like to dedicate to grooming young talents in Cricket. This is not the end but a beginning of a new challenge.”
In her official statement Vanitha, also extended thanks to her family members, friends, mentors, and teammates – including India players Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj – who had been an integral part of her illustrious career span.
She also thanked the two-state associations – Karnataka and Bengal – whom she represented in domestic cricket.
During her playing days, Vanitha used to open the batting in the T20 format & batted in the middle order in ODIs. Often she used to get off to good starts without being able to convert them into big scores. She scored 25 plus scores in 15 T20Is innings, & managed a top score of just 41. She ended up with ODI and T20I averages of 17.00 and 14.40 as a result.
Though Vanitha couldn’t create a mark in the International format, she performed well in the domestic format. During the 2021-2022 domestic season Vanitha was exemplary for Bengal & helped them to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s Senior One-Day Trophy. Her 225 runs included knocks of 61 against Andhra & a 71 ball 107 runs against Hyderabad and among batters to score at least 150 runs in the tournament, her strike rate of 109.75 was the second-best.
Vanitha has not specified what she will take up after retiring from cricket but she mentioned in her farewell note that she would dedicate herself to “grooming young talents in Cricket.”