Mithali Raj is the captain of the Indian Women's cricket team in Test's and ODI. She is the second highest run scorer in women's international cricket and only second woman cricketer to surpass 5,500 run mark. She started to play the game at the age of 10 and at the age of 17, she was picked for the Indian team. Her ODI debut was against Ireland at Milton Keynes in the year 1999.
Let's take a look at 12 unknown facts about Mithali Raj the most successful captain of Indian Women’s Cricket Team:
1. Mithali Raj was born in Jodhpur on December 3, 1982 and is the daughter of an Air Force officer. She started playing the game at the age of 10.
2. In 2015, she was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, which she felt would help the cause of women’s cricket in India.
3. At 17, she made it to the Indian team and, in 1999, she played her first ODI against Ireland at Milton Keynes, scoring 114 runs.
4. In the domestic cricket scene, Mithali plays for the Railways.
5. On August 14, 2002, when she was 19 years old, she broke Karen Rolton’s record of highest individual test score.
6. In 2002, during the Women’s World Cup, Mithali came down with typhoid, which squashed India’s chances of winning.
7. In 2006, under her captaincy, the Indian women’s cricket team got their first Test and Series win in England.
8. In 2006, the Indian team again won the Asian Cup, for the second time in twelve months.
9. In 2003, she became the recipient of the Arjuna Award.
10. She has been described as a “dangerous cricketer” due to her composure at the crease and brisk scoring ability.
11. As a bowler, she can roll her arm over bowling leg-spinners, adding variety to her attack.
12. In 2013, Raj was the No. 1 cricketer in the ODI chart in the women’s division.