Lady Tendulkar of Indian Women’s team Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj was born on December 3rd, 1982, in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Dorai Raj, her father, is from Tamil Nadu and served as an airman (warrant officer) in the Indian Air Force. Leela Raj is her mom. At age 10, Mithali began participating in cricket matches. She resides in Telangana’s Hyderabad. She went to Hyderabad’s Keyes High School for Girls. For her intermediate education, she enrolled at Kasturba Gandhi Junior College for Women in Secunderabad. Together with her older brother, she began receiving coaching in cricket during her school years.
Mithali has competed in Test, One Day, and T20 games for India. She was selected as one of the probables for the 1997 Women’s Cricket World Cup when she was just 14 years old, however she did not make the final roster. She scored an undefeated 114 runs in her first One Day International match against Ireland in Milton Keynes in 1999.
Against South Africa in Lucknow during the 2001–2002 season, she played her first Test match. She set a new record of 214 against England in the second and final Test at County Ground, Taunton, on August 17, 2002, when she was 19 years old. At the time, Karen Rolton had held the record for the best individual Test score in history with a 209*. Since then, Kiran Baluch of Pakistan has broken the record with her 242 against the West Indies in March 2004.
With an average of 51.5 in July 2017, Mithali Raj presently holds the record for the fastest reaching 6000 international runs in women’s cricket. She also holds the record for having lived the most half-centuries (seven). She also leads Women’s Cricket in ODI runs scored. She is the team captain that has participated in the most consecutive WODIs.
For Indian women’s cricket, she is the top run-scorer across all formats. She is the first cricketer from India and the fifth overall to have more than 1000 World Cup runs. Only she has commanded her team in more than 100 ODIs. Mithali Raj was ranked as the top women’s cricketer at the 2013 Women’s World Cup by the ICC. She was named to the ICC WODI Team of the Year in December 2017.