Former India regular feature and wicket-keeper-batter, Karuna Jain, 36, announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket. Karuna Jain was an integral part of the Indian team having made an instant impact in her debut appearance on the international stage in 2004.
Opener, Karuna Jain debuted for India in the year 2004 against West Indies and with a 68* off 150 balls made an impressive start to her international career and was soon rewarded with a Test debut. Karuna in her debut Test against England got to impressive scores of 40 and 35 and later in the series during the ODI games got to her maiden century with a score of 103. Consistent runs and impressive wicket-keeping made Karuna Jain a regular feature of the Indian side and was starting to have a real impact on the team.
She’d also had the honour of captaining the India U21 side that whitewashed Pakistan on their home soil. She was growing as a player, but in an away series against England there came her first poor run and since then was in and out of the side. After being dropped in 2008, she made a comeback in 2013 and played a few games before her last 2014 appearance. Karuna Jain’s ODI career of 44 games saw her score 987 runs which included a ton and 9 fifties. Karuna scored 195 runs in her 5 Test matches, her return in 2013 saw her debut in T20I’s where she featured in a total of 3 innings scoring 1, 8* and 0 before her last T20I appearance having played 9 games in 2014.
36 Year Old Karuna Jain retires from all forms of international cricket.
Karuna Jain in her retirement quoted, “It’s been an incredible journey I’ve been able to have and it would not have been possible without everyone who supported me during my ups and downs. My family being the biggest support and my brother being a cricketer himself made it easy and challenging for me to adopt the game and deliver the best in every time I stepped onto the grounds. I could continue to play the sport and contribute for a very long time because of unflinching support and sacrifices done by them. With a lot of happy and satisfied feelings, I’m able to make this announcement of my retirement from all forms of cricket and looking forward to contributing back to the game.”