The world of cricket is one that we genuinely envy and respect. The game has been around forever, and each person on the earth knows what cricket is. Due to the patriarchal nature of the society earlier, cricket is perceived as a men’s sport. But with the arrival of this contemporary era, more people realize that it just doesn’t stop there.
Moreover, the women of the world have become far more independent and powerful, so there’s no big task for them. In this particular article, we are getting to be talking about one of our players from the Women’s Indian Cricket Team- Mithali Raj.
She is the Test and ODI captain of the Indian Women’s team.
Mithali is known as the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket.
Born on 3 December 1982, Mithali hails from a Tamil family, living in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
Her father, Dorai Raj, is a former Warrant Officer (Airman) for the airforce. Mithali’s mother’s name is Leela Raj.
Raj began to play the sport at the age of 10. She lives in Hyderabad, Telangana. Mithali attended Keyes high school for girls in Hyderabad. Raj attended Kasturba Gandhi college for ladies in Secunderabad for her intermediate studies. She started her cricket coaching in her school days alongside her elder brother.
Raj began playing for Railways within the domestic competition by playing with the famous players like Purnima Rau, Anjum Chopra, and Anju Jain for Air India.
Mithali has played all three cricket formats for India, Test, One Day Internationals, and T20. Mithali had her name among the preferred within the 1997 Women’s Cricket World Cup when she was merely 14 but could not make it to the final selected squad. Raj made her International debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes and scored unbeaten 114 runs.
Raj fell ill with a bad typhoid during the CricInfo Women’s World Cup in 2002, which seriously hampered India’s progress. However, she led them to their first World Cup final in 2005, in South Africa, where they played against Australia, who proved too strong.
In August 2006, she led the side to their first-ever Test and Series victory in England and bound up the year, winning the Asia Cup – the second time in 12 months – without failing one game.
Also, She is a part-time leg-break bowler. Mithali Raj is a recipient of the Arjuna award for the year 2003. She currently tops the batting table with 703 ratings. Her composure at the crease and skill to attain briskly makes her a dangerous player altogether. Additionally, with her ability with the bat, Raj rolls her arm over the bowling leg-spin and provides variety to the attack.
At the 2013 Women’s World Cup, Raj became the No.1 Cricketer within the ODI chart among women. She scored one century and Four half-centuries in Test cricket, Five centuries and fifty half-centuries in ODIs, and ten half-centuries in T20s.
In February 2017, she became the second player to attain 5,500 runs in Women’s One Day International. Raj is the first player to captain most matches for India in ODI and T20I.
In December 2017, Mithali got her name together with other players within the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year.
In October 2018, Raj joined India’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament against the West Indies.
In September 2019, she retired from T20I Cricket. She dreams of bringing the World Cup to her country by 2021. “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,” she said during a BCCI press statement.
In November 2020, Raj earned the nomination for the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the last decade and, therefore, the award for women’s ODI cricketer of the last decade.
In May 2021, she became the captain of India’s Test squad for their one-off match against the England women’s cricket team. Furthermore, in January 2022, she again got selected as the captain of India’s team for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
Mithali Raj is one of the most famous Indian women cricketers known. Her performances in the games have always been outstanding. Furthermore, she is the best suited to guide the team in the right direction and achieve the dream for herself and her country, as a captain.