Mithali Raj was born on December 3, 1982, in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. She lives in Hyderabad, Telangana, with her family. Her dad, Dorai Raj, worked for the Indian Air Force. Her mom’s name is Leela Raj.
Mithali started playing cricket when she was just ten years old. She went to Keyes High School for Girls and later studied at Kasturba Gandhi Junior College for Women, both in Hyderabad.
Debut in International Cricket
26 June 1999 vs Ireland
14 January 2002 vs England
5 August 2006 vs England
27 March 2022 vs South Africa
30 September – 3 October 2021 vs Australia
3 September 2019
8 June 2022
Mithali Raj’s Records/Achievements
Highest Run-Scorer: Mithali is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket.
2nd Highest Score in Tests: She scored 214 runs in a single Test match against England, which is the second-highest individual score by a female cricketer in Test cricket.
7 Consecutive Half-Centuries: Mithali has scored 50 or more runs in seven consecutive ODI matches, a record for female cricketers.
ODI Runs Milestones: She’s the first woman cricketer from India and the fifth overall to score over 1,000 runs in World Cup matches.
Playing Streak: Mithali holds the record for playing the most consecutive Women’s One Day Internationals for India.
Captaining in World Cup Finals: She’s the only cricketer, male or female, to have captained India in more than one ICC ODI World Cup final.
Long-standing Career: Mithali has had an international cricket career spanning over 20 years, making her the first female cricketer to achieve this feat.
10,000 Runs Milestone: In March 2021, she became the second female cricketer globally and the first from India to score 10,000 runs in international cricket.
Leading Run-Scorer Across Formats: Mithali surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards to become the leading run-scorer in international cricket, including both men’s and women’s games.
Mithali Raj Awards
Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Year
Youth Sports Icon of Excellence Award
Vogue Sportsperson of the Year
BBC 100 Women list
Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award
Interesting Facts about Mithali Raj
2018 T20 World Cup Dispute: During the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20, Mithali Raj accused the coach Ramesh Powar and BCCI COA member Diana Edulji of bias after she wasn’t selected for the T20 World Cup semifinals. This led to public disagreements between her and the management.
Relationship with Harmanpreet Kaur: Reports suggest that Mithali’s relationship with the T20 team’s captain, Harmanpreet Kaur, was not good during certain periods, possibly affecting team dynamics.
Lady Sachin: Mithali Raj is often referred to as “Lady Sachin” due to her impressive batting skills and her consistency in scoring runs, much like the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
Early Morning Practices: As a child, Mithali accompanied her elder brother, Mithun, to his 6 am cricket coaching classes. This dedication laid the foundation for her future in cricket.
Lazy Childhood: Despite her later achievements in cricket, Mithali was described by her mother as a child who loved to sleep in. However, her passion for cricket made her give up her lazy mornings.
Recognized Early: It was Jyoti Prasad, her brother’s coach, who noticed Mithali’s cricketing talent when she was just six years old. He even suggested to her parents that she could play for the country in the future.
Bharatanatyam Dancer: Before choosing cricket, Mithali was a passionate Bharatanatyam dancer and pursued it until Class 8.
Inspiration for Biopic: A biopic on Mithali Raj titled “Shabaash Mithu” was announced, and actress Taapsee Pannu was chosen to portray her on screen.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who is Mithali Raj?
Mithali Raj is an Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest batswomen in the history of women’s cricket and has numerous records to her name.
Who is the Lady Tendulkar of India?
Mithali Raj is often referred to as the “Lady Tendulkar” of India due to her exceptional batting skills and her consistent performances, which draw parallels with the legendary Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar.
What is Mithali Raj’s mother tongue?
Mithali Raj’s mother tongue is Tamil.
Did Mithali Raj get married?
As of the latest available information, Mithali Raj is not married.
Which was the first match of Mithali Raj?
Mithali Raj’s first international match was an ODI (One Day International) against Ireland Women on 26 June 1999.