Renowned Indian Cricketer Mithali Raj’s Biography

Jan/11/2023 / by Swarnendu Biswas
About Mithali Raj
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Her Batting Rules

Mithali Raj is a world-renowned Indian cricketer. She is presently the captain of India’s women’s national cricket teams in test and ODI (one day international). Mithali Raj is a right-handed upper middle order batter and one of the mainstays of India’s women’s cricket teams’ batting. If one asks what is the profession of Mithali Raj, cricketer would be the obvious answer.

Born on 3rd December 1982, in Jodhpur, Rajasthan to a Tamil family, the age of Mithali Raj is 39 years.

Early Successes

While discussing about Mithali Raj we can come to know that she played her first one day international way back in1999 against Ireland, where she scored an unbeaten 114 runs. 

She made her test debut in 2001-02 against South Africa. In her third test she scored 214 against England, thereby breaking the then world record of the highest individual score in women’s test cricket made by former Australian cricketer Karen Rolton. Karen Rolton scored 209 not out. Mithali Raj was only 19 then. This achievement of hers should be covered in detail in any good biography of Mithali Raj.   The record of Mithali was eventually surpassed by the former cricketer from Pakistan, Kiran Baluch in March 2004, who scored 242 against West Indies.

Awe-inspiring Career

In 12 test matches that she has played till now Mithali has scored 699 runs with one century and four half centuries. Her test average is an impressive 43.68. In ODI her average is an amazing 50.68. She has seven centuries and 64 half centuries across 232 ODIs that she played till now. In T20Is also her average is an above average 37.52. She has scored 17 half centuries in the shortest format in international cricket. She announced her retirement from T20I in September 2019 to focus her energies for the 2022 one-day World Cup.

She also achieved the distinction of being the first woman to play in 200 ODI matches and also has the record of hitting the most number of half centuries in  WODIs.

At present, the Hyderabad-based Mithali is the only female cricketer to amass more than 7000 run in one day internationals

In July 2021, in the third ODI match against England in the India-England series, she became the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket by surpassing England’s Charlotte Edwards‘10,273 runs.

Astute Leader

Mithali has the achievement of leading India’s women’s cricket team to the finals of the 2005 Women’s Cricket World Cup and of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup. In the 2005 Women’s Cricket World Cup finals India lost to Australia by 98 runs, whereas in the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup finals India lost to England by barely nine runs.

However, under Mithali’s leadership India couldn’t qualify for semi-finals in the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup.

She is the only women cricketer and the third cricketer (including male and female cricketers) to play in six World Cups. The other two are Sachin Tendulkar and Javed Miandad.

Mithali Raj is the recipient of Arjuna Award (in 2003), Padma Shri (in 2015), and Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna Award (in 2021) 

For fans wanting to know how wealthy is Mithali Raj net worth of her according to https://weknowcricket.com/mithali-raj-net-worth-and-salary/ is 4.9 million USD can be a useful information. 

FAQs

What is Mithali Raj famous for?

She has achieved renown because of her batting prowess. She is one of the greatest batswomen of the world at present.

To whom Mithali Raj is married to?

She is single.

How many matches did Mithali Raj play?

Till now she has played 333 international matches, which includes 12 tests, 232 ODIs and 89 T20Is.

When did Mithali Raj start her career in cricket?

She started playing cricket at the age of 10 but her career in international cricket began in 1999, when she was only 16.

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