Sana Mir announces retirement from international cricket

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Picture Courtesy: Times of India

One of the greatest players that Pakistan women’s team has produced, Sana Mir decided to retire from international cricket after playing for 15 long years.

Sana Mir made her One-day international debut for Pakistan on 28th December 2005 against Sri Lanka. She took a total of 151 wickets from 120 matches (118 innings) with an economy of 3.70 runs per over. In her ODI career, the off-spinner grabbed seven four-wicket hauls and 5 wicket haul once. Apart from these four bowlers, Sana Mir became the fifth leading wicket-taker in ODI format behind Jhulan Goswami, Fitzpatrick, Ellyse Perry, Anisa Mohammed. Mir became the most successful spinner in One- day international cricket.

“The last few months have provided me with an opportunity to contemplate. I feel it is the right time for me to move on. I believe I have contributed to the best of my ability for my country and the sport.”

In 2018, Sana Mir took the top spot in the ODI bowlers rankings. She led from the front as she led Pakistan to win the gold medal in 2010 and 2014 Asian Games.

She has been the backbone for Pakistani cricket leading them in two 50 over and five T20 World Cups. She was a decent batter with 1630 runs from 120 matches (110 innings) with 3 half-centuries. Her best score was 52.

Mir decided to take an indefinite break from international cricket. As a result, she was dropped from the squad that took in ICC World T20 2020 that was played in Australia.

Mir played her last ODI match against Bangladesh on 4th November 2019. Coming at number 5, she scored just 13. Pakistan lost that match by just 1 wicket.

She made her T20I debut for Pakistan against Bangladesh on 28th October 2019. Mir featured in 106 matches ( 81 innings) and scored 802 runs with the best score of 48*. In her last T20I match against Bangladesh, Mir did not get a chance to bat. With the ball, she took 1 wicket for 35 runs in 4 overs.

Sana Mir took a total of 89 wickets from 106 matches (105 innings) with an economy of 5.51 runs per over. She registered the best figures of 4/13 in this format. Along with Bismah Marahoof, Mir has done wonders for Pakistan and women’s cricket.

 

 

 

 

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