Mithali Raj a woman born to be a cricketer, successful yet grounded. The day she announced her retirement from all forms of cricket in June 2022, India’s women’s cricket did not just loose a right-hand batswoman in the line-up, it also lost a leader that she was for the team. She is quite possibly one of the best female cricketers the world has seen.
Raj quit international cricket on a high note. Positioned No. 7 on the MRF Tires ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings, Raj closed her 23-year-old profession with 7,805 ODI runs in 232 matches. She holds the record for most number of half-centuries in Women’s ODIs.
In 89 T20Is, Raj scored 2,364 runs, and 699 runs in 12 Tests matches, including a ton and four 50’s. Raj is a praised cricketer in a game that is essentially male eccentric.
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Here is a glance at some of the best highlights of her career, which clearly state that she is a legend of this sport, also the ones that put her name in Cricket’s Hall of Fame:
1. Her batting and showing her talent to the world for the very first time against Ireland in 1999 left the fans awestruck, her score was 114*.
2. Her flawless innings of 214 runs at Taunton in 2002, which eventually took India to a powerful 467 runs on board, drawing the match with England, her score caused her to outperform the century best of 209 runs by Karen Rolton.
3. She had also captained team India during the 2005 ICC World Cup in South Africa, where the women’s team had arrived in the finals for the very first time in the history of Women’s Indian cricket.
4. Mithali’s magnificent half-century in 2014 made India’s Test triumph against England at Wormsley an extraordinary one. The last time Indian women’s cricket team last played a test match which was good about 8 years ago in 2006, so them overcoming England is viewed as a milestone triumph.
5. Raj stays the most noteworthy scorer in Women’s ODI history with 7,805 ODI runs. She originally broke the record in the ICC Women’s World Cup in 2017, scoring 409 runs in 9 matches and going past the record recently held by Charlotte Edwards.
6. The Jodhpur born is likewise the youngest player, 16 years of age, to score a ton in Women’s One-Day Internationals.
7. She additionally holds the record for the longest career haul in Women’s ODI. Besides, she is the main female cricketer throughout the entire existence of the game to play six 50-over World Cups and the record holder for most captained matches which remains at 155.
“I feel this moment is the ideal opportunity to call curtains on my career as the group is in capable hands of a few exceptionally gifted youthful players and the eventual fate of Indian cricket is brilliant,” she said in the proclamation declaring her retirement.