Indian men’s cricket team recently showed a great form before suffering a major setback at the hands of Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan played the cricket of their life and deserved to win due to their stellar performance. However, not many people are aware that the ICC Women’s World Cup has already started today in England. The hosts were up against the Indian women and boy were the Indian ladies in a great form! The Indian team posted a total of 281/3 which the England’s team failed to achieve and suffered a defeat by 35 runs.
Indian opening batswomen Punam Raut (86) and Smriti Mandhana (90) posted an opening stand of 144 runs. However, Mithali Raj was the one who stole the limelight with her seventh consecutive half-century in international cricket. Mithali went on to score 71 runs off 73 deliveries with some hard hit boundaries. Who is this consistent player? Well, if you want to know more about her, here’s our Mithali Raj wiki to know Indian women’s cricket team captain.
Mithali Raj’s Family
Mithali Raj’s current age is 34 years and was born on December 3, 1982. She comes from a Tamil family. Her father Dorai Raj was an officer in the Indian Air Force and her mother Leela Raj, was a homemaker. She also has an elder brother, Mithun Raj. Mithali attended St. John’s school in Hyderabad. She was fond of classical dance in her childhood and learned the dance form for eight years. Eventually, she gave the dance to pursue a career in cricket. People searching for Mithali Raj’s husband will be disappointed as the cricketer isn’t married yet.
Entering the World of Cricket
Mithali showed great interest in cricket since her childhood. She started playing cricket at the age of 10 and by 17, she had already made it to the Indian team. She started her cricket coaching while she was studying at St. John’s and practiced with her brother Mithun. Later, Mithali went to Keyes Girls High School in Secunderabad and would practice against male cricketers to improve her game.
Mithali made her international cricketing debut in 1999 against Ireland and has been playing consistently since then. She lost the captaincy of the Indian team after the team had a poor tournament against England but was awarded the captaincy again in 2012. She has been successfully holding the position since then till date.
She is the Second Highest Run Scorer in Women’s International Cricket
Mithali holds several records and is the second highest run scorer after Charlotte Edwards of England. Mithali has scored a total of 5852 runs in just 178 matches. We can surely say that she will surpass Edwards’ record and become the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket. Mithali is the highest run-getter for India in all the formats including Tests, ODIs, and T20Is and is known as “Tendulkar of Indian Women’s Cricket.”
Mithali Raj Holds the World Record for Most Consecutive ODI Fifties in Women’s International Cricket
Mithali Raj stunned all the Indians with her half century earlier today as she added one more record to her kitty. She now holds the record for the most number of consecutive half-centuries scored by a woman having scored seven consecutive fifties in international cricket.
She Also Holds the Record for the Most Number of Half Centuries Scored in Women’s International Cricket
Mithali has scored a whopping 47 fifties in the limited over game and has also scored 9 hundreds. She held the record for the highest scorer in Tests having scored 214 at a young of 19 in 2002. She has been a leading cricketer in the Indian team since many years and is one of the most consistent women players around the world.
She is Honored with the Arjuna Award & Padma Shri Award by the Indian Government
Owing to her achievements in the cricketing world, she was awarded the Arjuna award in 2003 for her splendid performance that year. She was also awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in 2015 for her immense contribution and success in the cricket world.
India has got a winning start to the game and we hope to see the women’s team lift the world cup. We wish Mithali and her team all the best for the upcoming games.