Mithali Raj completes 21 Years in International Cricket, made ODI Debut on 26th June 1999

Scholars often say that your start tells your tale. What better words could one find for Mithali Raj. She has been the ambassador of Indian women cricketer for more than a decade. Her start was as glorious as her journey. Very few people get their names alongside the game. Mithali Raj is one of the few names that billions of Indians hear when they come closer to female cricket.

 

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Today is her day and the 26th of June shall always be the day linked with the lioness. Mithali made her debut today. A debut with a classic ton it was. The world was waiting for the new century but instead, we got a new star. The right-hander was just 16 when she set ber foot in the ground for the first time. She was living the dream.

She was wearing her national Jersey on her shoulders. The Indian side was facing Ireland and it was at Milton Keynes. India was batting first and interestingly the openers for India were Mithali Raj and Reshma Gandhi. It was a day carved for them and that too by the stars. Reshma and Mithali got a classic ton against their name. Mithali got unbeaten 114 to her tally and Reshma Gandhi scored 104. Reshma only played a game more.

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The match went comfortably into the hands of women in blue. Mithali went on to register her name as India’s most successful cricketer. Very few female batters have come close to the class and consistency of Mithali Raj. Not only India, but her innings had also earned laurel outside the country too. She, in October last year, became the first woman cricketer to have an international career lasting more than 20 years.

In Indian cricketer or in the global arena, she holds the record for playing most number of matches in Women’s One day International cricket. Mithali has retired from the shortest format and has now channeled herself on getting a world cup for India. Indian cricket needs a cup and who better than the ambassador itself.

Mithali has been an inspiration for all new journeys that have a bat or a ball in the central scheme. Being an experienced campaigner, her inputs can be incredible for the side. Team Female Cricket wishes her the best for the future as a lot of near events rest on the execution from the evergreen Mithali Raj.

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