Mithali Raj Biography: Birth, Age, Early Life, Domestic and International Career, Coaching career, Records, Awards, and More

Mithali Raj Biography: She is India's greatest female batter who has reached milestones abundantly in her storied international career spanning more than two decades. She is the captain of the Test and one-day Indian women's cricket team. She is the only woman who has scored more than 6000 runs in ODIs and more. Take a look at his early life, education, cricket career, records, awards, etc.
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Mithali Raj Biography
Mithali Raj Biography

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Mithali Raj is an Indian cricketer and the woman with the most runs in the game. She is also the only Indian captain (male or female) to have led the side to two 50-over World Cup finals. She is a right-handed upper middle-order batter and a right-arm leg-break bowler. She is considered one of the greatest female cricketers ever and the highest run-scorer in women's international cricket. She holds various records in international cricket. In Women's One Day International matches, she is the only female cricketer to surpass the 7,000 run mark. 

She became the first player from India to score 2000 runs in June 2018 during the 2018 Women's Twenty20 Asia Cup. She was also the first female cricketer to score 2000 WT20I runs. She is a personality who has achieved a lot in her career and life. We are all proud of her. Scroll down to learn more about her.

Mithali Raj: Key Facts

Full Name Mithali Dorai Raj
Born December 03, 1982
Place of Birth Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Age 39
Parents(s)

Father: Dorai Raj

Mother:  Leela Raj

Batting Style Right-hand bat
Bowling Style Legbreak
Playing Role Top-order batter
Teams Air India Women, Asia Women XI, India Blue Women, India Women logo, India Women, Velocity

Mithali Raj Biography: Early Life, Education, Family, Marriage, 

She was born on December 3, 1982, into a Tamil family in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Her father's name is Dorai Raj, and her mother's name is Leela Raj. Her father was an airman (warrant officer) in the Indian Air Force. When she was 10 years old, she started to play the game. She took admission at Keyes High School for Girls in Hyderabad. And for her intermediate studies, she went to Kasturba Gandhi Junior College for Women in Secunderabad. When she was in the school itself, she started doing cricket coaching with her elder brother. She is not married yet.  She is a Bharatanatyam dancer.

Mithali Raj: Cricket Career and Records

In 1999, she made her One-Day International debut against Ireland and scored an unbeaten 114 runs.

In 2001-02, she made her Test debut against South Africa at Lucknow.

At the age of 19, she broke the record of Karen Rolton's World's highest individual Test score of 209* in her Third Test on August 17, 2002. She scored 214 against England in the second and final Test at the Country Ground, Taunton. 

In March 2004, the record was surpassed by Kiran Baluch of Pakistan by scoring 242 against the West Indies. 

The World Cup made her stronger and more determined. In 2005, she led the Indian cricket team in the first World Cup Final, which was against Australia in South Africa. Under her captaincy, the team went to the final of the World Cup.

She led the side to their first-ever Test and Series victory in England in 2006, and the year was wrapped by winning the Asia Cup, which was the second time in 12 months, that too without losing a single game.

Under her captaincy, the Indian team reached the finals of the 2005 Women's Cricket World Cup, where they lost to Australia.

She also received the Arjuna Award for 2003 year.

She also topped the batting table with 703 ratings.

She was the number one cricketer in the ODI charts among women at the 2013 Women's World Cup.

At the ODI World Cup 2017, she surpassed former England captain Charlotte Edwards to become the highest run-scorer in ODIs and the first woman to score 6000 runs in the format.

Also, her 409-run tally in the tournament was second only to England opener Tammy Beaumont's.

Her three fifties and a century were vital to India's runner-up finish.

At the age of 36, she became the first woman to complete two decades in ODI cricket in October 2019. In September 2019, she announced her retirement from T20I cricket.

She was named as the captain of  India's Test squad in May 2021 for their one-off match against the England women's cricket team. 

She was also named as the captain of India's team in January 2022 for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.

She broke the world record for the matches captained in the ICC Women’s World Cup on March 12, 2022. She has surpassed former Australian Skipper Belinda Clark who captained her side in 23 matches.

Mithali Raj: Records

ODI Records

Allround: Batting and fielding

Record - 5000 runs and 50 fielding dismissals

Batting: Most runs

1st- Most runs in career (7663)

32nd- Most runs in a series (535)

7th- Most runs in a calendar year (783)

2nd- Most runs in a match on the losing side (125*)

24th- Most runs on a single ground (386)

7th- Most runs in a series by a captain (535)

12th- Most runs in an innings by a captain (125*)

Batting: Averages and strike rates

5th- Highest career batting average (51.42)

Batting: Debuts and last match

Record- Hundred on debut (114*)

3rd- Most runs in debut match (114*)

Batting: Hundreds

7th- Most hundreds in a career (7)

2nd- Most hundreds against one team (3)

33rd- Highest maiden hundred (114*)

1st- Youngest player to score a hundred 

5th- Oldest player to score a hundred

Batting: Nineties

1st- Most nineties in career (5)

Batting: Fifties

1st- Most fifties in career (69)

1st- Fifties in consecutive innings (7)

Fielding: Most catches

4th- Most catches in career (62)

27th- Most catches in a series (7)

Individual: Players

1st- Most matches in career (227)

1st- Most consecutive matches for a team (109)

40th- Youngest players (16y 205d)

26th- Oldest players (39y 99d)

1st- Longest careers (22y 259d)

T20I Records

Batting: Most runs

7th- Most runs in career (2364)

33rd- Most runs in an innings (97*)

7th- Most runs in a calendar year (575)

24th- Most runs in an innings (by batting position) (97*)

24th- Most runs in a match on the losing side (67)

22nd- Most runs on a single ground (220)

Batting: Fifties

3rd- Most fifties in career (17)

2nd- Fifties in consecutive innings (4)

Batting: Long innings

18th- Highest percentage of runs in a completed inning (60.33)

Batting: Fastest career runs

6th- Fastest to 1000 runs (40)

2nd- Fastest to 2000 runs (70)

Fielding: Most catches

44th- Most catches in career (19)

Individual: Players

28th- Most matches in career (89)

Test Records

Batting: Most runs

23rd- Most runs in career (699)

2nd- Most runs in an innings (214)

9th- Most runs in an innings (progressive record holder) (214)

6th- Most runs in a match (214)

1st- Most runs in an innings (by batting position) (214)

4th- Most runs on a single ground (301)

Batting: Hundreds

1st- Most double hundreds in a career (1)

2nd- Highest maiden hundred (214)

3rd- Youngest player to score a hundred 

1st- Youngest player to score a double hundred 

Batting: Fifties

19th- Most fifties in career (5)

Individual: Players

36th- Most consecutive matches for a team (12*)

27th- Oldest players 

2nd- Longest careers (19y 262d)

Source: espncricinfo

Mithali Raj: Awards

Year Award
2021 Khel Ratna Award
2017 Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer in the World
2017 BBC's 100 most inspirational women list
2017 Vogue Sportsperson of the Year
2017 Youth Sports Icon of Excellence Award
2015 Padma Shri
2003 Arjuna Award

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