The face of Women’s Cricket in India, Mithali Raj, still is one of the most dependable batters in the India team. Born in a Tamil family, she started playing at the age of 10 and at the age of 14, she was named among the probables for the 1997 Women’s World Cup. She made her ODI debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes and scored 114 runs. She made her Test debut in the 2001-02 season against South Africa at Lucknow. At the age of 19, in her third Test, she broke Karen Rolton’s record of world’s highest individual Test score of 209*, scored 214 against England in the second and final Test at County Ground, Taunton on 17th August 2002.
She is now the Highest Run-getter in Women’s Cricket. During the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, she became the first women cricketer to cross 6,000 runs. She has the record of scoring seven consecutive 50s. Till date, she has scored 49 half-centuries, which itself is a record. Raj is the 1st Indian & 5th woman cricketer overall to score over 1,000 World Cup runs. She holds the record for playing the most consecutive Women’s One Day Internationals for a team (109). During the 2017 calendar year, Mithali topped the scoring sheet by 783 runs, the second highest congregation across formats in a calendar year. She is the only Indian captain both in men and women’s cricket to lead her side twice into the finals of an ICC World Cup (2005 and 2017). On February 16, she has made another record by scoring 4 consecutive fifties. She has won various prestigious awards: Arjuna Award in 2003, Padma Shri in 2015, Youth Sports Icon Of Excellence Award in 2017, Vogue Sports Person Of The Year in 2017 and she was featured on BBC’s 100 Women list in 2017.
She has a career average of over 51. In 2017, she was ranked no. 1 in Ranking. The day is not far when she goes on to become the first woman ever to 200 caps.