Cricket is one of the most popular sports of India and everyone here loves their cricketers. India had produced finest cricketers till date including Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Saurav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and many more. From last 2 to 3 years Indian fans also started to watch women’s cricket and supporting them as well. Today we are going to talk about one of the finest women cricketer from India who is inspiring other women’s to choose cricket as career. Yes, we are talking about Indian Women’s Cricket Team captain Mithali Raj. Mithali Raj also known as Wonder Woman of cricket.
Facts About Mithali Raj
#1 Mithali Raj made her debut against Ireland in 1999 at the age of 16 years, 205 days only.
#2 She scored 114* runs in her debut match which is highest score by an Indian player in debut match till date. This is second highest score in debut match by any player in this format.
#3 Mithali Raj is still the youngest player ever to score a hundred runs in debut match.
#4 Mithali Raj is the first Indian and 5th overall women cricketer to score 1000 runs in Indian Women’s World Cup tournament.
#5 In 2013 Women’s World Cup Mithali Raj was no. 1 cricketer in the ODI rankings.
#6 2017 World Cup was recently finished and during the World Cup Mithali Raj scored seventh consecutive half-century. It was a record of most consecutive fifties in ODI format.
#7 Mithali Raj played consecutive 74 innings between 2000 to 2007 year without scoring a duck and that was a record at that time. (Later Australian Karen Rolton broke the record)
#8 Mithali Raj has also played 109 consecutive matches between 2004 to 2013 year, the longest streak by any player in Women’s cricket.
#9 Mithali Raj completed 18 years in Indian Women’s Cricket which is the longest period for any women’s cricketer in this format.
#10 Mithali Raj batted at every position from no. 1 to no.9 in Women’s ODI cricket.
#11 At the age of 21 years Mithali Raj led the team India for the first time in 2004 against West Indies team. She is the youngest captain for India in ODI format till date.
#12 Mithali Raj captained in 106 ODI’s and won 65 matches with the win percentage of 61.35%
#13 Mithali Raj won 18 women’s of the match award and just besides Stafanie Taylor from west indies who won 20 awards. In Indian cricket team maximum award won by any cricketer is 6 apart from Mithali Raj.
#14 In 2013 Mithali Raj also won Arjun award which is known as highest sports award in country.
#15 In 2015 Mithali Raj also received Padma Sri award from president Pranab Mukherjee which is one of the prestigious award of the country.
#16 Mithali Raj’s father Dora Raj was an officer in the Indian Air Force.
#17 Mithali Raj is the leading run scorer in ODI format with over 6000 runs.
#18 Mithali Raj has most number of fifties and leading the list with 49+ Fifties