Mithali Dorai Raj has broken records as a woman batter, and her cricketing skills have seen her become famous both at home in India and internationally. Mithali is the captain for Team India women, and she is known for scoring the highest runs in International women’s cricket. Moreover, she is the only female to score over 7,000 runs in women’s ODI matches. Still in the ODIs, she scored the most half-centuries, marking her as a phenomenal female cricketer worldwide.
Raj initially wanted to be a dancer, but her father was grounded on the idea of her being a cricketer. It seems like foregoing dancing was worth the effort when she scored over 214 runs in her third Test run, surpassing Karen Rolton’s high score of 209 runs. She has played in 12 women’s Test matches with her determination and scored an aggregate of 699 runs, with 214 runs being the highest score. Her score stats include one century, four 50s at an average of 43.68.
In the Women’s ODIs, Mithali Raj has scored 7391 runs making her the highest-scoring player in women’s cricket. Her highest score in the ODIs is 125 runs, with an average of 51.32, carrying along seven centuries and 59 half-centuries.
In terms of bowling, Mithali Raj has not been much of a star. But being a solid batswoman has not stopped her from bowling the white ball. Mithali has bowled in 220 matches, conceding 91 runs off 171 balls and taking eight wickets. Her average is 11.37, with an economy of 3.19. Out of the 12 Test matches she has been featured in, she boasts of scoring 32 runs off 72 balls in only five innings. She has no wickets to her name from the Women’s Test matches or the Women’s international T20.
Test debut: India vs. England, 2002
Last Test: Australia vs. India, 2021
ODI debut: India vs. Ireland, 1999
Last ODI: Australia vs. India, 2021
T20 debut: India vs. England 2006
Last T20: England vs. India, 2019
Unfortunately, when Mithali finally landed in the World Cup squad, she was down with typhoid and missed out.
Her last shot was in 2005, where she captained the team in the World Cup, and this is remembered as her team’s best finish ever. Since then, Mithali Raj has built herself to be one of the best female cricketers, breaking records and featuring in headlines every day.
Currently, she is the second most-capped player in the Women’s ODIs, and she is known for being the first female cricketer to cross the 7,000 runs mark.