Mithali Raj came into the world of cricket at the age of 19 and since then she has never looked back. This is her 19th year in the game and the confidence she oozes on the field clearly indicates that she is in no mood to stop.
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Recently this dynamic cricketer scripted history when she led the Women in Blue for their 3rd ODI against New Zealand Women, becoming the first female cricketer to play 200 ODIs.
Mithali made her ODI debut back on 25 June 1999 against Ireland in Milton Keynes, scoring 114* as India won by 161 runs. She is the leading run-scorer in ODIs.
Currently, she has 6622 runs against her name.
Just a few days back Indian batsman Rohit Sharma also played his 200th game as well. Both shared another commonality as for both the players playing their 200th match, the game turned out to be quite unlucky. Neither Mithali nor Rohit could score in their respective matches.
Mithali could just make 9 runs in her 200th match.
Nonetheless crossing the 200-mark is no small feat especially for an Indian female cricketer. In a country where opportunities are rare and few, crossing such a mark is surely a monumental achievement.
Mithali Raj’s achievements.
Mithali already holds the record for being the most-capped female cricketer in the history of the game. She achieved that distinction in her 192nd game going past Charlotte Edwards who retired in May 2016 after playing 191 ODIs for England Women.
It is hard to believe but since her debut, Mithali has just missed 13 matches out of all the matches Indian Women team has ever played.
The Indian captain also holds the record for most runs scored in ODIs.
Leaving Kohli and Dhoni behind.
Mithali is a wonder woman when one looks at her long list of achievements, one that particularly leaves us amazed is the fact that she even overtook Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. She upped her average in successful run-chases to 111.29 the highest among both men and women cricketers.
The presence of such women gives immense hope to aspiring female cricketers, if Mithali can do it then any girl can!
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