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Overview

Early life and background

Mithali Raj was born on 3 December, 1982 in Jodhpur. Mithali’s mother tongue is Tamil. Her father is Dorai Raj, who was an Airman in the Indian Air Force, and mother is Leela Raj. Mithali started to play the game at the age of 10 and at the age of 17, she was picked for the Indian team. She lives in Hyderabad, Telangana. She attended Keyes High School for Girls in Secunderabad. After this she attended Kasturba Gandhi Junior College for Women in West Marredpally (Secunderabad) for her intermediate studies. She started cricket coaching in her school days along with her elder brother. Mithali practised at school, often playing with male cricketers in the nets.

Career

Raj has played both Test and One Day International cricket for India’s women’s cricket team. She was named among the probables in the 1997 Women’s Cricket World Cup when she was just 14, but couldn’t make it to the final squad. She made her One Day International debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes and scored unbeaten 114 runs. She made her Test debut in the 2001-02 season against South Africa at Lucknow. On 17 August 2002, at the age of 19, in her third Test, she broke Karen Rolton‘s record of worlds highest individual Test score of 209*, scoring a new high of 214 against England in the second and final Test at County Ground, Taunton. The record has since been surpassed by Kiran Baluch of Pakistan who scored 242 against West Indies in March 2004.

Mithali was taken ill with a strain of typhoid during the CricInfo Women’s World Cup in 2002, seriously hampering India’s progress. However, she then led them to their first World Cup final in 2005, in South Africa, where they met Australia who proved just too strong. In August 2006, she led the side to their first ever Test and Series victory in England and wrapped up the year winning the Asia Cup – the second time in 12 months – without dropping a single game.

She led the Indian team to the finals in the 2005 Women’s Cricket World Cup where the team lost to Australia. She is a part-time leg-break bowler as well. She is a recipient of the Arjuna award for the year 2003. She currently tops the batting table with 703 ratings. Her composure when at the crease and ability to score briskly make her a dangerous cricketer. In addition to her ability with the bat, Mithali rolls her arm over bowling leg-spinners and providing variety to the attack.

At the 2013 Women’s World Cup, Mithali Raj was the No.1 Cricketer in the ODI chart among women. She scored 100s: 1 and 50s: 4 in Test cricket, 100s: 5 and 50s: 40 with best bowling of 3/4 in ODI’s and 50s: 10 in T20’s.

in February 2017, she became the second player to make 5,500 runs in WODIs. Raj most matches captained player for India in ODI and T20I.

In July 2017, she became the first player to make 6,000 runs in WODIs. She led the Indian team to the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs. Raj also led India in ICC champions trophy in 2017 and weren runners up in that tournament. Also Raj was gifted a BMW car.

Domestic career

Cricket performance

Popular culture

After Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2017, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures acquired the rights to make a feature film on her life. She said “Hoping that this movie inspires more people, especially young girls to take up sports as a career.”

Awards and honors

Year Award Notes
2003 Arjuna Award
2015 Padma Shri India’s fourth highest civilian award
2017 Youth Sports Icon of Excellence Award At the Radiant Wellness Conclave, Chennai
2017 Vogue Sportsperson of the Year At the Vogues 10th Anniversary
2017 BBC 100 Women list 2017

Women’s International Centuries”]

Women’s ODI Centuries

Mithali Raj’s One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Sixes Fours Opponents City/Country Venue Year
1 114* 1  Ireland Milton Keynes, England Campbell Park 1999
2 108* 66 0 7  Sri Lanka Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2006
3 109* 114 0 12  West Indies Rajkot, India Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground 2011
4 103* 145 1 13  Pakistan Cuttack, India Barabati Stadium 2013
5 104* 148 2 8  Sri Lanka Visakhapatnam, India Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium 2014
6 109 184 0 11  New Zealand Derby, England County Ground 2017

Women’s Test Centuries

Mithali Raj’s Test centuries
# Runs Sixes Fours Match Opponents City/Country Venue Year
1 214 0 19 3  England Taunton, England County Ground, Taunton 2002