VR Vanitha retires aged 31

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Vellaswamy Ramu Vanitha, the right-handed batter who represented India in six ODIs and 16 T20Is, hung her boots today. Vanitha, who played for India from 2014 to 2016, announced her retirement from all forms of cricket and thanked members of her family and all the people from the cricketing fraternity who played a pivotal role in helping her progress in her career.

She also thanked both Karnataka and the Bengal Cricket Association - that she represented during the course of her domestic career. She announced her retirement on Twitter and penned a heartfelt message.

As a player, Vanitha had loads of talent but was not able to convert it into remarkable performances on the field for India. She churned out 225 runs for Bengal during the 2021-22 domestic season and helped the side make it to the semi-finals of the Senior one-day trophy. Her mesmerising season included a remarkable century against Hyderabad, and she was one of the prolific run-getters for the side throughout the season.

She also thanked both Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj for their constant support throughout her career. She also expressed her gratitude towards the physiotherapists who kept her going and helped her maintain her fitness.

Vanitha expressed a desire to groom youngsters at the grassroots level and, therefore, will look to stay associated with the game in the coming days.