Mithali Raj Biography and inspiring story from a budding dancer to Indian women cricketer.
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Mithali Dorai Raj is an Indian cricketer. She is the captain of Indian women’s national cricket team.
She is a right-handed opening batter. She is known as India’s greatest female batter. She is the highest run scorer in international cricket.
She is the only female cricketer to score more than 6,000 runs in Women’s One Day International matches.
She is the 1st player who scored seven consecutive 50s in ODI. She holds record for most 50s in WODI.
She became first player from India (either male or female) to score 2000 runs in T20 & became the first woman cricketer to reach 2002 WT20Is runs during 2008.
She became captain in 2005. Raj is the only cricketer who has captained India more than one time in ICC, world cup final, ODI etc.
During India’s series against New Zealand in 2019, she became the first woman to play 200 ODI matches.
She announced her retirement in September 2019 from T20 to focus on ODI cricket. Mithali Raj is the first woman to complete 20 years in International cricket.
She received many awards like Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer in world in 2017. In 2003, Arjuna Award awarded her. Padma Shri awarded her in 2015.
On 3rd December 1082, she was born in a Tamil family in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Her father Dorai Raj was an Airman (warrant officer) in Indian Air force. Her mother’s name is Leela Raj.
Journey from a Bharatnatyam dancer to a successful team captain
“Mithali was keen on becoming a Bharatnatyam dancer. She started playing games at the age of 10. She lives in Hyderabad, Telangana.
Raj attended keyes high school for girls and Kasturba Gandhi Junior College for Women in Secunderabad. She started cricket coaching & practice with her brother from her school days.
Youth and domestic career:
During her play for Railways in the domestic competition, she played with stars like Purnima Rau, Anjum Chopra & Anju Jain for Air India.
She played both ODI and test for Indian Women’s Cricket Team. When she was just 14, she was named among the probable in 1997 women’s cricket world cup, but could not make it in final squad.
For the first time she played her first ODI against Ireland and scored 114 runs. In 2001-02, she started playing test against South Africa at Lucknow.
At the age of 19, on 17th August 2002 she broke the record of Karen Rolton of world’s highest individual test score of 209* by scoring 214 runs.
She was ill during ESPNcricinfo Women’s world Cup in 2002. In 2005, she led team to their first world cup final in South Africa.
She led the side to their first ever test and service victory in England wrapped up the year winning the Asia Cup in August 2006, the second time in 12-months without dropping a single game.
In 2005, Raj led the team to Women’s Cricket World Cup where they lost to Australia. She is a part time leg-break bowler also.
She is recipient of Arjuna award for the year 2003. Currently she tops the batting table with the rating 703.
She became very dangerous when on crease as cricketer. In addition to batting, she is a leg-spinner and providing variety to attack.
Raj was the no.1 cricketer at 2013 women’s world cup in ODI chart among women. She scored 1-100s & 4-50s in test cricket and 5-100s, 50-50s and in bowling her best was ¾ in ODIs.
Even she made 10-50s in T20s. She became the second player to score 5,500 runs in WODIs in February 2017.
She is the first player to captain most matches for India in T20s and ODIs. She became the first player to score 6,000 runs in WODIs in July 2017.
She led Indian team to the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017, where the team lost to England by nine runs.
She was named as one of the players in ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year in December 2017.
She was named in India’s squad for the 2018 ICC World Cup Twenty20 in West Indies.
She held the record for the highest individual score by an Indian Women Cricketer in world Cup match.
They are 91 not out of 104 deliveries, which included 9-fours against New Zealand in the Women’s World Cup 2005.
In 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup’s second match against England, Harmanpreet Kaur overtook her by scoring a century and that was 107 runs from 190 balls.
Mithali Raj is known as “Lady Tendulkar of Indian Women’s Cricket” Because currently she is the all-time leading run-scorer for India in all formats like tests, ODI & T20s.
She scored her seventh half century during 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup & made record for most consecutive fifties by a player.
She is the consecutive player in Women’s One Day International for a team. She is the 1st Indian and 5th cricketer to score more than 1,000 in World Cup.
She has retired from T20 cricket in September 2019. She dreams to bring the World Cup to India by 2021.
In a BCCI press statement she said,” After representing India in T20 internationals since 2006, I wish to retire from T20Is to focus my energies on readying myself for the 2021 one-day World Cup.”
For Indian Women’s National Cricket Team, she was appointed as batting consultant. She had played as a player and coach the team also.
Mithali was awarded the Arjuna Award for outstanding achievement in sports by the Government of India in 2003.