Mithali Raj

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Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj Truro 2012.jpg
Mithali Raj batting in 2012
Personal information
Full name Mithali Raj
Born (1982-12-03) 3 December 1982 (age 32)
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm leg break
Role All Rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 55) 14 January 2002 v England women
Last Test 16 November 2014 v South Africa women
ODI debut (cap 56) 26 June 1999 v Ireland women
Last ODI 28 November 2014 v South Africa women
ODI shirt no. 3
T20I debut 5 August 2006 v England women
Last T20I 30 November 2014 v South Africa women
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–present Railways
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODI T20I
Matches 10 153 47
Runs scored 663 4,888 1,267
Batting average 51.00 48.88 37.26
100s/50s 1/4 5/36 0/7
Top score 214 114* 52*
Balls bowled 72 171 6
Wickets 0 8
Bowling average 11.37
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling 3/4
Catches/stumpings 11/– 34/– 10/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 27 January 2015

Mithali Raj is the captain of the Indian Women's cricket team.[1]

Early life and background[edit]

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 the 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.[2]


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 Odi debut in the 2001-02 season against South Africa at Lucknow. On 14 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 299scoring a new high of 230 without them you AYou The You A The You A The Snide do he get from to can't to to Dear Don , fg 19 boundaries at S/R of 52.57) 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.[citation needed].

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 cricketer. 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 Raj starred as the No.1 Cricketer in the ODI chart among women. She scored 100s: 1 and 50s: 4 in Test cricket, 100s: 5 and 50s: 36 with best bowling of 3/4 in ODI's and 50s: 7 in T20's.

Domestic career[edit]

Playing for Railways in the domestic competition, Mithali began by playing with stars like Purnima Rau, Anjum Chopra and Anju Jain for Air India.[citation needed]

Cricket performance[edit]

  • 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.[3] Harmanpreet Kaur overtook Mithali Raj by scoring a century 107 from 109 balls in second match of ICC Women's World Cup 2013 against England.


  • 2003 – Arjuna award, by the Government of India in recognition of her achievement in sports.[4]
  • 2015 – Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award.[5]


  1. ^ "Mithali Raj". ESPN. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Indian women will play test cricket after eight years, captain Mithali Raj happy". Patrika Group (4 August 2014). Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  3. ^;filter=advanced;groupby=series;orderby=batted_score;template=results;trophy=68;type=batting;view=innings
  4. ^ "List of Arjuna Awardees". Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. Archived from the original on 25 December 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Padma Awards 2015". Press Information Bureau. Archived from the original on 26 January 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 

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