Born on 3rd Dec 1982, Mithali Dorai Raj is an Indian woman cricketer and the captain of India’s women cricket team. Born to a Tamil family, Mithali started playing at the age of 10. A little unknown fact is that she loves dancing and was deeply passionate about it. However, she chose cricket over dance and we are not complaining!
She is currently at the top of the world batting table, having amassed 703 ratings. Raj is known for composure at the crease along with the ability of scoring runs briskly. In addition to that, she can also roll in some vital bowing performances with her arm over bowling leg-spinners.
|Full Name||Mithali Dorai Raj|
|Date of Birth||3 December 1982|
|Parent||Dorai Raj, Leela Raj|
|ICC Rankings||1 (ODI)|
|Bowling Style||Over bowling leg-spinners|
Mithali attended Keyes High School for Girls in Secunderabad. She went to Kasturba Junior College for further studies. She started training for cricket during her school days itself.
Mithali was picked up for the Indian Team when she was 17. Two years later, at the age of 19, she arose as one of the most promising and talented batsmen when she scored a whopping 214 against the England team in the final test held in Taunton. That was just the start for the budding star. There was no look back for Mithali ever since. Popularly also known as “Lady Sachin” due to her commendable performance, she is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket.
Rising through the ranks, Mithali Raj made her way to both the Test as well as the One Day International cricket for India’s women’s cricket team. Moreover, she was even speculated to be included amongst the 1997 Women’s Cricket World Cup at the age of 14, owing to her immense talent. However, she failed to make the final cut.
Nonetheless, Raj did make her One Day International debut two years later in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes. What was the most impressive thing about the debut was the fact that Raj scored an unbeaten 114 runs. The Test debut soon followed in the 2001–02 season against South Africa at India. There was no looking back after that.
On 17 August that season, Raj broke the world record of scoring the highest individual score in the women’s Test. The then 19-year-old, playing in her third Test, she scored a massive 214 against England, thus breaking Karen Rolton’s record of scoring the world’s highest individual Test score of 209*.
The record stood was broken two years later by Pakistan’s Kiran Baluch, who hit 242 against West Indies in March 2004.
The 2005 World Cup was going to be a highly anticipated contest, with the competition making a return after 5 long years. Having seen the first encounter being called off due to heavy rains, the Indian team went on to win the next three matches. Although the Women in Blue lost the encounter against New Zealand, they still managed to end at the second place in the eight-team table.
Waiting in the semifinals for the team were familiar foes in New Zealand. The Indian team needed a solid start in the first innings, having asked to bat first. It was in this time that Mithali Raj rose to the occasion.
A real athlete’s qualities are highlighted when he performs in a not-so-encouraging atmosphere. And Mithali Raj did just that. Having seen her team decimate to 127-4, the blazing batsman scored an unbeaten 91* to help India reach a defendable total of 204. They then bowled out the Kiwis for a measly 164 runs to win by 40 runs. Had it not been for Raj’s heroics, the story could have been something else.
However, in the finals against table-toppers, Australia, India’s batting again faltered, wrapping up for only 117 while chasing 215.
In the following year in August, Mithali Raj guided India to their maiden Test Series victory over England, in England. Under her leadership, the country then managed to clinch the the 2006 Asia Cup. India repeated the feat the second time in 12 months – without dropping out of a single game.
Then in May 2008, she led India to their 4th successive Asia Cup title. Moreover, Raj also crossed the 3000-run landmark on the way.
After a poor English tour later that year, where India couldn’t win a single match, Raj lost her captain’s armband.
Nonetheless, the fierce tigress from Jodhpur was not going to stay quiet for too long. Raj earned her captaincy back with her outstanding performances in the exact tour where she had lost it – the England tour of 2012. She won the top spot in the ICC’s ODI batting rankings with 251 runs. However, she couldn’t save the series with her brilliant performances, as India went on to go down 2-3.
However, Mithali Raj couldn’t get appreciable support from the fellow women cricketers. Despite her stunning performances, India made a first-round exit in the 2013 Women’s World Cup at home. Then in the Women’s World T20 2014, Raj couldn’t stop her team from bowing out from the semi-finals.
Nonetheless, Mithali continued to score runs on a highly consistent basis. In February 2017, she became only the 2nd player to go past the 5,500 runs in WODIs. However, she bettered that feat in July 2017, by becoming the first women batswoman to cross 6,000 runs in the limited overs format.
Having faced disappointment in the competition thus far, India and Mithali Raj both had a point to prove at the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Unlike previously, this time, the team had a slew of talented youngsters to take care of the proceedings.
In the group stage, India won the first four matches. Of the bunch, the third was the sweetest, having come at the expense of fierce rivals Pakistan. The team finished third in the table, thus qualifying for the semi finals.
In the last group match against New Zealand, Mithali Raj scored a massive knock of 109 runs to help India reach a respectable total of 265/7. The women’s team then floored Black caps for only 79 runs to enter the semi finals with a 187 run-win, their biggest victory in World Cup. Incidentally, it was also the lowest score of New Zealand. where the team lost to England by nine runs.
Defeating Australia by 36 runs in the semis, the Indian women marched their way to win the World Cup trophy that had eluded them for so long. Their swift progress had attracted the entire country’s attention.
In the epic finale, India managed to restrict the hosts England to an achievable total of 228. However, the second innings panned out disappointingly for Raj, who got run-out after scoring just 17 runs. Although opener Poonam Raut did put up a valiant fight with a knock of 86 runs, India would go on to heartbreakingly lose by only 8 runs.
In December 2017, Mithali Raj was included in the list of the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year.
Mithali Raj plays her 200th ODI on Friday.
A right-handed batsman, Mithali Raj has emerged as one of the best batting exports from the country – Not only in terms of technique but also in consistency. She has emerged arguably India’s most dependable bats. What makes her so lethal is her composure and patience when playing at the crease. She has the capability to score runs in brisk fashion, making her a dangerous batsman.
Moreover, Raj can build partnerships or hit quick fire innings when the team needs her. Her ever present form has seen her score heavily both in the one-dayers as well as the Tests. Apart from her ability with the bat, Raj can also chip in few arm over bowling leg-spinners, providing depth to any attack. She does it all by still effectively captaining the side. In fact, Mithali Raj she holds the unique record of captaining the most matches for India in both WODI and T20I.
Mithali is a Tamilian. Her father, Dorai Raj was in the Indian Air Force and her mother’s name is Leela Raj who was not very fond of this sport but was always supportive of her daughter’s career. Mithali has a brother, Mithun Raj. Interestingly enough, Raj is still unmarried.
Mithali with her parents
According to finapp website, her estimated net worth is 1 million dollars which comprise of the following:
|Estimated Net Worth||Rs.4.2 Crores|
|ODI Match Fee||Rs.100,000|
|Test Match Fee||Rs.1,50,000|
|Luxury Cars –02||Rs.80,00,000|
She owns a BMW and her house is worth 2.2 crores as of now. She bought this house in the year 2012 in Hyderabad, Telangana.
Earlier this year, Mithali became the first Indian Woman batter to score 2000 runs in T20I cricket. This record was created while playing against Sri Lanka at the Women’s Asia Cup T20.