Mithali Raj, naam tho suna hoga. Just kidding! Mithali Raj is the current captain of Indian Women’s Cricket Team. She is a lady worth speaking about. She made wonderful contributions to the Indian cricket and we fall short in praising her. She is a true blessing to Indian Women Cricket. Her records are something that any upcoming women cricketer should look up to. She stood as an inspiration for many newbie women cricketers.
Here are some interesting facts about the daring and dashing captain of Indian Women’s Cricket Team. From her debut into playing cricket to her awards and rewards, we have covered everything below. Read on!
Mithali was born on December 3, 1982 in Jodhpur. She is a daughter of an Air Force officer. She was 10 years old when she started playing cricket.
Mithali Raj was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award, India’s fourth-highest civilian award by the president Pranab Mukherji. She described the award as a great push for women’s cricket in India.
She made into the Indian team when she was just 17. She played her first ever ODI against Ireland at Milton Keynes and scored 114 runs.
Mithali plays for the Railways in the domestic cricket scene.
When she was 19 years old, On August 14, 2002, Mithali broke Karen Rolton’s record of the highest individual test score.
During the Women’s World Cup held in 2002, Mithali suffered typhoid, which made India lose the chances of winning the cup.
In 2006, under her captaincy, the Indian women’s cricket team got their first Test and Series win in England.
In just twelve months, the Indian team again won the Asian Cup, for the second time.
In 2003, she was honoured by the Arjuna Award.
She holds of record of 703 rating points at batting table.
She has been described as a “dangerous cricketer” due to her composure at the crease and brisk scoring ability.
Not just in batting, she is an ace in bowling as well. As a bowler, she can roll her arm over bowling leg-spinners, adding variety to her attack.
In 2013, Mithali stood No. 1 cricketer in the ODI chart in the women’s cricket.
Till date, Mithali has played in 153 ODIs, 10 Tests and 47 T20 internationals since making her debut in 1999.
We are truly proud of her!