Mithali Raj : The Record Maker Of Indian Women Cricket

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Mithali Dorai Raj (born 3 December 1982) is an Indian cricketer and the Indian captain cricket team in Tests and ODI. Often regarded as one of the greatest batswomen to have ever played the game, she is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in WODIs.

She is the first player to score seven consecutive 50s in ODIs. Raj also holds the record for most half-centuries in WODIs. In June 2018 during the 2018 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup, she became the first player from India (either male or female) to score 2000 runs in T20Is, and also became the first woman cricketer to reach 2002 WT20I runs.

Raj is the only player (male or female) to have captained India in more than one ICC ODI World Cup final, doing so twice in 2005 and 2017. On 1 February 2019, during India’s series against New Zealand Women, Raj became the first woman to play in 200 ODI matches.

Mithali Raj age & Other information

Mithali Raj was born in Jodhpur Rajasthan on 3 December 1982. Her father is Dorai Raj, who was an Airman (Warrant Officer) in the Indian Air Force, and her mother is Leela Raj. She is from a Tamil family. Raj started to play the game at age of 10 and at the age of 17, she was picked for the Indian team.

Mithali Raj

She lives in Hyderabad, Telangana. She attended Keyes High School for Girls in Secunderabad. She attended Kasturba Gandhi Junior College for Women in West Marredpally (Secunderabad) for her intermediate studies. She started cricket coaching in her school days along with her elder brother. She practiced at school, often playing with male cricketers in the nets.

Career

Raj has played both Test and One Day International cricket for India’s women’s cricket team. She was named among the probable in the 1997 Women’s Cricket World Cup when she was just 14, but couldn’t make it to the final squad. She made her One Day International debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes and scored unbeaten 114 runs. She made her Test debut in the 2001-02 season against South Africa at Lucknow.

On 17 August 2002, at the age of 19, in her third Test, she broke Karen Rolton’s record of the world’s highest individual Test score of 209*, scoring a new high of 214 against England in the second and final Test at County Ground, Taunton. The record has since been surpassed by Kiran Baluch of Pakistan who scored 242 against West Indies in March 2004.

Raj was taken ill with a strain of typhoid during the CricInfo Womens World Cup in 2002, seriously hampering India’s progress. However, she then led them to their first World Cup final in 2005, in South Africa, where they met Australia who proved too strong. In August 2006, she led the side to their first ever Test and series victory in England and wrapped up the year winning the Asia Cup – the second time in 12 months – without dropping a single game.

She led the Indian team to the finals in the 2005 Women’s Cricket World Cup where the team lost to Australia. She is a part-time leg-break bowler as well. She is a recipient of the Arjuna award for the year 2003. She currently tops the batting table with 703 ratings. Her composure when at the crease and ability to score briskly make her a dangerous cricketer. In addition to her ability with the bat, Raj rolls her arm over bowling leg-spinners and provides variety to the attack.

At the 2013 Womens World Cup, Raj was the No.1 Cricketer in the ODI chart among women. She scored 100s: 1 and 50s: 4 in Test cricket, 100s: 5 and 50s: 50 with the best bowling of 3/4 in ODIs and 50s: 10 in T20s.

In February 2017, she became the second player to score 5,500 runs in WODIs.India captain mithali raj most matches for team India in ODI and T20I.

In July 2017, she became the first player to score 6,000 runs in WODIs. She led the Indian team to the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs.

In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year.

In October 2018, she was named in India’s squad for the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.

Domestic career

Playing for Railways in the domestic competition, Raj began by playing with stars like Mithun raj Purnima Rau, Richa Ghosh, Punam Raut, and Anju Jain for Air team India.

Cricket performance

  • Raj held the world record for the highest individual score by an Indian Woman Cricketer in a World Cup match (91 not out off 104 deliveries which included 9 fours) against New Zealand in the Women’s icc World Cup 2005. Harmanpreet Kaur overtook Raj by scoring a century (107 from 109 balls) in the second match of Women’s ICC World Cup 2013 against England.
  • Raj is nicknamed “Tendulkar of Indian womens cricket”, as she is currently the all-time leading run-scorer for India in all formats, including Tests, ODIs, and T20Is.
  • During the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, Raj scored her seventh consecutive half-century and made a record for most consecutive fifties by a player.
  • Raj is the 1st Indian & 5th woman cricketer overall to score over 1,000 World Cup runs.
  • She holds the record for playing the most consecutive Women’s One Day Internationals for a team (109).

Coaching career

Raj was appointed as a batting consultant for India women’s national cricket team and had played as a player-coach.

In popular culture

After the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures acquired the rights to make a feature film on Raj’s life. She said “Hoping that this movie inspires more people, especially young girls to take up sports as a career.”

The biopic is in planning and the shoot is scheduled to start in 2019. Raj said “I think Priyanka Chopra will be a great choice (to play me in the biopic). Our personalities match a lot. I am not a movie buff, so I’d love the experts to do their job.”

Controversies

Raj was involved in a controversy with cricket management due to her attitude towards the game during the 2018 ICC Womens World cup Twenty20. She accused the coach Ramesh Powar and BCCI COA member Diana Edulji in a letter to BCCI of bias, humiliation, and not including her in the T20 world cup semifinals. Powar in turn criticized that Raj had threatened that she would retire from the game of cricket when asked to play down the batting order.

He also accused Raj of ‘blackmailing and pressurizing coaches’ apart from causing division in the team during the recently concluded World T20. He added, “despite being a senior player in the team she puts in minimum inputs in team meetings.

She could not understand & adapt to the team plan. She ignored her role and batted for her own milestones. Lack of keeping the momentum going which was putting extra pressure on other batters.”Template: Citation needed Raj’s 50 against Ireland in the same tournament in which she ended up playing 25 dot balls was also criticized by the coach.

Her relationship with the T20 team’s captain Harmanpreet Kaur is also said to be strained.

Awards and honours

YearAwardNotes
2003Arjuna Award
2015Padma ShriIndia’s fourth highest civilian award
2017Youth Sports Icon of Excellence AwardAt the Radiant Wellness Conclave, Chennai
2017Vogue Sportsperson of the YearAt VogueTemplate:’s 10th anniversary
2017BBC 100 Women list 2017

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Marital StatusUnmarried
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Net worth$5 M approx
Salary50 lakh

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