Mithali Raj Biography
Mithali Raj is the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. She is one of the best female cricket players and has scored more than 6,000 runs in ODIs. She has been the captain of the Indian Women’s cricket team in Test and ODI formats since 2004. Recently on 8 June 2022, she announced her retirement from all forms of the games. She already took retirement from T20s in 2019. She has played for the Indian women’s cricket team from 1999 to 2022. Because of her tremendous record, she is also called “Lady Sachin Tendulkar“.
Mithali Raj’s birth date and place
Mithali Raj is an Indian cricketer born on 3 December 1982 in a Tamil family in the jodhpur district of Rajasthan. Her full name is Mithali Dorai Raj
Mithali Raj’s Family background
Mithali raj father’s name is Dorai Raj, who was a warrant officer in the Indian Air force. Her mother’s name is Leela Raj, she is a Housewife. She has one brother named Mithun Raj with whom she started playing cricket in her school days. Mithali Raj has not married yet.
Maithali Raj Education
Mithali studied at Keyes High School for Girls in Secunderabad. For further studies, She went to Kasturba Junior College. Her training for cricket had started during her school days. Mithali used to dance classes along with practicing cricket, but due to cricket, she was unable to pay more attention to dance. So her dance guru told her to choose one as a carrier then she decided to go with cricket as a career.
Early Life of Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj is one of the best cricketers in the world, but Mithali Raj also loved to dance as a child. She learned classical Indian dance for eight years and did many stage shows. In addition, she learned cricket with her brother at St. John’s School in Hyderabad and played alongside him on the field.
Mithali used to visit Mithun’s cricket academy with her brother. His coach wanted her parents to take her to Sampath Kumar’s girl’s cricket Sports Glory Club. Under Sampath Kumar, Mithali became the youngest player in the state in the sub-junior’s tournament at age 9.
Mithali Raj Cricket Career
Mithali Raj made her international cricket debut in 1999 by scoring a century in her very first match against Ireland. She also became the record holder for most runs in Tests by scoring 214 runs. Two years later, Pakistan’s Kiran Baluch broke the record and scored 242 against West Indies.
Mithali Raj became the captain of the Indian cricket team after performing well in her own career. She led them to the finals of the 2005 ODI World Cup and also won a Test series against England in India. In the rankings released by the ICC, Mithali Raj achieved first place in the years 2010, 2011, and 2012 on the basis of her excellent performance.
Mithali Raj is the first captain for India (both men’s and women’s) to reach the ICC ODI World Cup final twice in 2005 and 2017. Her batting style is Right-Handed and her Bowling Style is Over bowling leg-spinners.
Mithali Raj Awards and Honour
Mithali Raj is one of India’s most prolific athletes. In 2003 she had won the Arjuna award and by 2015, she received her Padma Shri award. She has also been recognized as the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the year in 2015 and was named Vogue Sportsperson of the Year in 2017. She has appeared on Vogue India magazine cover alongside Nita Ambani and Shah Rukh Khan which has made her even more popular than before. Mithali is a staple member of the Indian cricket team.
Mithali Raj Cricket Records
- She scored 7 consecutive half-centuries in ODIs and became the first woman cricketer to do so.
- First player in the world to score 6000 plus runs in ODIs.
- In the T20s, she became the first Indian player to score more than 2000 runs.
- She is the first Indian woman cricketer who has scored more than 10,000 runs in all three formats.
- She is the highest run-scorer in ODIs in the world.
- She is the first woman in the world, who has played 200 ODIs match.
Mithali Raj International cricket Debut
- On 14 January 2002, Mithali Raj’s Test Debut was against England.
- 26 June 1999, Mithali Raj’s ODI Debut was against Ireland.
- 5 August 2006, Mithali Raj’s T20I Debut was against England.
Mithali Raj Biopic
Recently, there have been a lot of films that have been made about the life story of cricketers or films based on historical milestones in cricket such as MS Dhoni: The Untold Story and 83(A movie about the victory of the Cricket World Cup in I983).
Now a Biopic of legendary player of Indian Women Cricket Mithali raj named ‘Shabaash Mithu’ is going to release on 15 July 2022, Starring Tappsee Pannu who is playing the role of Indian Skipper Mithali Raj.