Karuna Jain, the former India wicketkeeper and batter, has declared her retirement from all forms of cricket. Between 2004 and 2014, she participated in nine T20Is, five Tests, and 44 ODIs for India.
Karuna Jain said in an Instagram post, “with a lot of happy and satisfied feelings, I am able to make this announcement of my retirement from all forms of cricket and looking forward to contributing back to the game.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of my cricketing journey from the very beginning to all my coaches, support staff and my team-mates whose (sic) been a part throughout my career.”
“Each one of them has taught me something different about the game and life that made me the player and person I am today. 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.”
Karuna Jain became became the sixth Indian woman to reach fifty in her ODI debut when she hit an unbeaten 68 against the West Indies in Lucknow in 2004. After Reshma Gandhi (104*) and Anju Jain (84*), it is still the third-highest score in women’s ODIs by a wicketkeeper-batter on their debut.
Karuna Jain is the sixth Indian woman to reach 50 in ODI debut
Gandhi is the other wicketkeeper who has hit a women’s ODI hundred for India, making her one of just two. She is still the fourth-youngest Indian woman to get an ODI hundred, according to records.
The third-highest number of dismissals for India in women’s ODIs belongs to wicketkeeper Jain’s 58. She spent the majority of her domestic career playing for Karnataka, although she also played for Air India, Nagaland in 2018–19, and Puducherry in her final couple of seasons. In domestic white-ball cricket, she took eight wickets with her off-breaks.
She served as a backup wicketkeeper for India’s 2005 Women’s World Cup team, which ended in second place. In 2013 and 2014, she competed in the Women’s World Cup and Women’s T20 World Cup, respectively.