Mithali Raj batting in 2012
|Full name||Mithali Raj|
3 December 1982 |
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm leg break|
|Test debut||14 January 2002 v England women|
|Last Test||29 August 2006 v England women|
|ODI debut||26 June 1999 v Ireland women|
|Last ODI||31 January 2013 v West Indies women|
|ODI shirt no.||3|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: ESPNCricinfo, 1 February 2013|
Mithali Raj is the captain of the Indian Women's cricket team.
Early life and background
Mithali Raj was born on 3 December 1982 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Her father, Dorai Raj, was an officer in the Indian Air Force and her mother, Leela Raj. Mithali started to play the game at a tender age of 10 and at the age of 17, she was picked for the Indian team and her ODI debut was against Ireland at Milton Keynes in the year 1999.
Raj has played both Test and One Day International cricket for India women's cricket team. She made her One Day International debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes and scored 114 runs without getting out in that match. She made her Test match debut in the 2001-02 season against England at Lucknow. On 17 August 2002, at the age of 19, in her third Test, she broke Karen Rolton's record of World’s highest individual Test score of 209 by scoring a new high of 214 against England in the second and final Test at Taunton. The record has since been surpassed by Kiran Baluch of Pakistan who scored 242 against West Indies in March 2004.
Mithali was taken ill with a strain of typhoid in the CricInfo Women's 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 just 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 Women's Cricket World Cup of 2005 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 points. Her composure when at the crease and ability to score briskly make her a dangerous customer. In addition to her ability with the bat, Mithali rolls her arm over bowling leg-spinners and providing variety to the attack.
At the 2013 Women's World Cup, Mithali started as the no.1 cricketer in the ODI chart among women.
Playing for Railways in the domestic competition, Mithali began by playing with stars like Purnima Rau, Anjum Chopra and Anju Jain for Air India.
- Mithali Raj held the record for the highest individual score by an Indian Woman Cricketer in a World Cup match (91 notout of 104 deliveries which included 9 fours) against NewZealand in Women's World Cup 2005. Harmanpreet Kaur overtook Mithali Raj by scoring a 107 from 109 balls in second match of ICC Women's World Cup 2013 against England
- "Mithali Raj". ESPN. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Indian women will play test cricket after eight years, captain Mithali Raj happy". Patrika Group (4 August 2014). Retrieved 4 August 2014.
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