Cricket’s Mithali Raj

May/28/2022 / by Team SEEMA
Mithali Raj
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About Mithali Raj

Mithali is a cricket player and captain of the women’s national cricket team. She grew up with the sport and is now known as the “Sachin Tendulkar of Indian women’s cricket.” 

She has the honor of being the first from India to make 10,000 international runs. This was in March 2021, during the third ODI against South Africa women.

Mithali Raj Biography

Born in 1982 in Jodhpur, India, to a Tamil family, she learned cricket alongside her brother. Although her passion was also dance, she began playing the game when she was 10 years old, strongly encouraged by her strict father. In Hyderabad, she attended Keyes High School for Girls. She later attended Kasturba Gandhi Junior College for Women in Secunderabad.

Her career in cricket began in her early days, as she played for the Indian Railways team in domestic competition. Some of players that she played with include Anjum Chopra, Purnima Rau and Anju Jain.

She made her international debut against Ireland in June of 1999. Raj is the only female cricketer to score more than 7,000 runs in Women’s One Day International matches. 

At the age of 19, she broke the record for highest individual Test score of 209. Mithali Raj scored 214 runs in August 2002.

The World Cup snub made her stronger and more determined. However, when the chance to play came her way, Raj was sick with typhoid for the 2000 edition. Regaining her strength and zeal, she made up for it by leading India into the 2005 finals. 

News on Mithali Raj

Mithali is the first woman to complete 20 years as a cricket player. Deciding to retire from T20Is in September 2019, she now focuses on ODI cricket.

In addition to her World Cup accolades, she won the Arjuna Award for her efforts in cricket in 2003.

FAQ

Who is Mithali Raj married to?

She is happily single and chooses not to have a marriage, while focusing on her game at the present time. She has had relationships but being single is her choice.

Where is she born?

She is born in Rajasthan, India. Mithali Raj’s age is 39 years in 2022.

What is the Mithali Raj net worth?

Her net worth is $4.9 million (Rs 36.6 Crores Indian Rupees).

When did she start her career?

Although playing in India from a very young age, she made her debut in June 1999 against Ireland in international competition. Before that, she began to play when she was 10 years old and played in India’s cricket competitions.