Mithali Raj’s long and illustrious career spanning over 21 years is unequivocally a hallmark in women’s cricket. The elegant batter made her debut in 1999 and has been going strong since then. She has created a strong legacy and in the truest of sense is one of the best global ambassadors of women’s cricket.
Here’s a look at Mithali Raj’s journey through the last 21 years.
|1999||Debut, Youngest centurion in ODI cricket (16 years 205 days)|
|2000||Played match-winning innings of 69 not out against South Africa in India’s opening game at the World Cup|
|2001||Opened the batting in the second innings of the Test against South Africa, which India won|
|2002||Career-best Test score of 214 against England in England. Broke Karen Rolton’s record of the world’s highest individual Test score of 209|
|2003||Arjuna award winner|
|2004||Became the captain of India|
|2005||Captained India to the World Cup final in 2005 held in South Africa|
|2006||Scored most runs of her career in the year 2006. She played 23 matches that year and amassed 684 runs at 45.60.|
|2007||Led India to the final of Quadrangular series that included England, New Zealand, and Australia|
|2008||Led India to its fourth Asia Cup win|
|2009||India’s leading run-scorer during the World Cup, accruing 247 runs. She was also included in the team of the tournament|
|2010||Scored four half-centuries in four innings against England in a 5-match ODI series. DNB in the third ODI.|
|2013||On a ground (Cuttack) where no team in the competition (World Cup) had chased more than 105, her hundred dominated the chase of a tricky 193, sealing a six-wicket win against Pakistan.|
|2014||Captained India to a 3-0 whitewash against Sri Lanka|
|2015||Padma Shri award winner. Became the first female cricketer to win the Wisden India Cricketer of the Year.|
|2016||Led India to ODI series against Australia in February|
|2017||Captained India to the World Cup final, Youth Sports Icon of Excellence Award, Vogue Sportsperson of the Year, BBC 100Women list 2017|
|2018||Became the first Indian cricketer to score 2,000 runs in T20 International Cricket|
|2019||Retired from T20I cricket. Became the first woman to play in 200 ODI matches.|
|2020||Nominated for the ICC player of the decade award.|
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