Indian women cricket team’s skipper Mithali Raj is one of the best batters in the history of women cricket. Even since her international debut, Mithali had played one of the memorable innings of his career and helped his team to go over the line.
Recently, Raj achieved another feat by becoming the only women cricketer to make 50+ scores in seven consecutive matches. Here are 10 most amusing facts about the Indian skipper.
- Before opting cricket as a profession, Mithali was a classical dancer. She learned Bharatanatyam and wanted to make a career in it, but destiny had some other plans for her and she end playing cricket for India and rest, as they say, is history.
- Raj is only the second women batter to amass as many as 5,000 ODI runs.
- Mithali made her international debut at the age of 16 years and 250 days, is still the youngest female cricketer to score an ODI hundred.
- In an interview, Indian skipper revealed that when she was a kid, she will end up being a cricketer.
- Raj has scored a plethora of international centuries but a unique record in women’ cricket she holds is that she has scored most score in the 90s. In her career so far, Mithali has scored 5 90s.
- Mithali was named as the Indian skipper in 2004. She holds the record for playing the most number matches for India as a skipper.
- Indian captain received the Padma Shri Award in 2015
- Mithali is an enthusiastic reader. Before walking out to bat in the tournament opener of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 against England in the first match of ICC Cricket Women’s World Cup 2017. She read a book by Jalaluddin Rumi on life essentials.
- In 2006, Indian women’s team played their first Test under Mithali’s leadership, against England and won it as well.
- As a bowler, Raj also has the capability to bowl leg-spin, which can add variety to India’s bowling attack.