Indian women’s cricket team veteran Mithali Raj is celebrating her 38th birthday today. Mithali was born on 3 December 1982 in Jodhpur. Born in a Tamil family, Mithali started playing cricket at the age of 10. After 7 years she was part of the Indian team. On the strength of her batting, she got her iron all over the world and hence she is also called Lady Tendulkar.
Mithali wanted to become a dancer
Mithali Raj has received training in ‘Bharatanatyam’ dance. She wanted to become a dancer. But ever since Mithali took up the bat of cricket, she decided to leave the art of dance and stage and make cricket and the field her life. In childhood, when his brother was given coaching in cricket, he used to spin the ball when he got a chance. Then, cricketer, Jyoti Prasad notices her and says that she will become a good player of cricket.
A century was scored by Mithali Raj in a debut match
Mithali Raj made her ODI debut against Ireland in 1999. In her debut match, she made it clear that she is going to play a long inning in cricket. He scored an unbeaten 114 against Ireland.
World record for longest innings in Test
Mithali Raj made her debut in Test cricket in the year 2002. After which he made history in the third test. Against England, he played a brilliant inning of 214 runs in 407 balls with the help of 19 fours. She set a new record in international women’s cricket by scoring 214 runs. For this, he broke the record of 209 runs of Australia’s Karen Rolton.
Lady Tendulkar is at the forefront
Mithali Raj is the only female cricketer to surpass 6,000 runs in women’s one-day international cricket. At the same time, Mithali Raj is the first woman player of India to have scored 2 thousand or more runs in T20 international cricket. Apart from this, Raj is the only player (male or female) who has led India in more than one ICC ODI World Cup final. They have done so in 2005 and 2017.