Mithali Raj is an iconic Indian cricketer who leads the Women’s side in the Test and ODI formats. She is the recipient of numerous awards and personal accolades, most notably the Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer in the World in 2017, Arjuna Award in 2003, and the Padma Shri in 2015. Mithali is a household name in India and an inspiration to every young girl who aspires to take up cricket as a profession.
The 38-year-old debuted for India way back in June 1999 against Ireland where she scored an unbeaten century. She was first made captain in 2005. Mithali is a right-handed specialist batter, with the ability of both occupying the crease and accumulating runs as well as upping the ante when required. She can bowl handy leg-breaks. Her favorite shot is the cover drive.
Mithali was born on 3rd December 1982 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
One of the greatest batswomen to grace the game, Mithali keeps the record writers busy. Nicknamed ‘Lady Tendulkar of Indian Women’s cricket team’, she is the highest run-scorer in the Women’s game with over 7000 runs scored. She has the most half-centuries in Women’s ODIs, seven of them scored consecutively! The run-machine became the first player in Women’s cricket to reach 2000 T20I runs in June 2018. On 1st February 2019, Mithali became the first woman to play in 200 ODI matches. She also completed 20 years in international cricket in the same year.
Mithali is not married. In an interview in 2018, she had said that she was happily single and did not intend to get married. As of 2021, she is not known to be dating anyone.
There is a biopic about her life in the works starring Taapsee Pannu which was slated to be released in Feb 2021 but has got delayed due to the pandemic.
Mithali is worth approximately INR 38 crores thanks to her big contracts with BCCI, endorsements and, other events. She owns a luxurious apartment in Hyderabad and also has an envious car collection.
You can follow the Indian captain on instagram, her handle name is mithaliraj. She is fairly active on Instagram and has 1.4 million followers.