New Delhi: Indian women’s cricket team veteran Mithali Raj celebrates her 38th birthday today. Mithali was born on December 3, 1982 in Jodhpur. Born into 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 stick, she got her iron all over the world and hence, she is also called Lady Tendulkar.
Mithali wanted to become a dancer
Mithali Raj received training in “Bharatanatyam” dance. She wanted to become a dancer. But since Mithali took up the cricket bat, she has decided to leave the art of dancing and performing to make cricket and pitch her life. In his childhood, when his brother trained in cricket, he spun the ball when he had the chance. Then cricketer Jyoti Prasad notices her and says she will become a good cricketer.
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A century has been marked in a first match
Mithali Raj made her ODI debut against Ireland in 1999. In her debut match, she made it clear that she was going to play a long end in cricket. He scored an unbeaten 114 against Ireland.
World record for longest runs in test
Mithali Raj made his debut in Test cricket in 2002. After which he made history in the third test. Against England, he played a brilliant 214-point, 407-ball inning with the help of 19 fours. She set a new international women’s cricket record scoring 214 points. For that, he broke the record of 209 races of the Australian Karen Rolton.
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Lady Tendulkar is at the forefront
Mithali Raj is the only cricketer to surpass 6,000 races in International Women’s One-Day Cricket. At the same time, Mithali Raj is the first Indian player to score 2,000 or more points in T20 international cricket. Other than that, Raj is the only player (male or female) to have led India in more than one ICC ODI World Cup final. They did it in 2005 and 2017.