Source: Fursat Magazine-Rajasthan Patrika (02-Sept-2018)

Mithali Raj's Egalitarian Empire: If I Ruled The World

Mithali Dorai Raj (born 3 December 1982) is an Indian cricketer and the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team in Tests and ODI. Often regarded as one of the greatest batswomen to have ever played the game, she is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in WODIs.She is the first player to score 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs. Raj also holds the record for most half-centuries in WODIs.In June 2018 during the 2018 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup, Mithali Raj became the first player from India (either male or female) to score 2000 runs in T20Is and also set the milestone for becoming the first woman cricketer to reach 2000 T20I runs.

Raj is the only player (male or female) to have captained India in more than one ICC ODI World Cup final, doing so twice in 2005 and 2017.

Cricket performance

  • Mithali Raj held the record for the highest individual score by an Indian Woman Cricketer in a World Cup match (91 not out off 104 deliveries which included 9 fours) against New Zealand in Women’s World Cup 2005. Harmanpreet Kaur overtook Mithali Raj by scoring a century (107 from 109 balls) in second match of ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 against England.
  • Mithali is nicknamed “Tendulkar of Indian women’s cricket”, as she is currently the all-time leading run-scorer for India in all formats, including Tests, ODIs and T20Is.
  • During the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup, Raj scored her seventh consecutive half-century and made a record for most consecutive fifties by a player.
  • Mithali Raj also is the 1st Indian & 5th woman cricketer overall to score over 1,000 World Cup runs.
    She also holds the record for playing the most consecutive Women’s One Day Internationals for a team .

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