The Milestones in Mithali Raj’s Journey Through The Last 21 years | 38th Birthday Special

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.


Journey of Mithali Raj
The journey of Mithali Raj

Here’s a look at Mithali Raj’s journey through the last 21 years.

Year Achievement
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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I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.

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