new Delhi: 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 and 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 dance-arts and stage to 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 be a good player of cricket.
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A century was scored 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 innings 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 innings of 214 runs in 407 balls with the help of 19 fours. The highest score in international women’s cricket to date was 214 runs and set a record. For this, he broke the record of 209 runs of Australia’s Karen Rolton.
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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 who has scored 2 thousand or more runs in T20 international cricket. Apart from this, Raj is the only player (male or female) to have led India to more than one ICC ODI World Cup final, twice in 2005 and 2017.