Around last year, thanks to her splendid performance as the captain of the Indian team, Mithali Raj became a household name.
Her brilliant form as a batswoman and calm, strategic approach as a captain has made the Indian Women's Cricket team a force to reckon with. Yesterday's match against Ireland proved that once again.
With a strong batting line-up and some excellent fielding, the Irish players had little room to score!
On that note, let us take a look at some of the best highlights from Mithali's career!
The T20I Champion
Currently, helming the team at the ongoing ICC Women's World T20, Mithali has achieved a milestone that no other Indian cricketer has. With a total of 2,232 runs thanks to a brilliant fifty against Pakistan, she now has more T20I runs than both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. She now has the best tally in the format after 84 matches at an average of 37.20, with the best score of 97.
The Record Breaker
In July 2017, Mithali also broke the record for most runs in Women One-Day Internationals during the World Cup game against Australia. On scoring 69 runs off 114 balls during this historic game, she become the first woman in cricket history to score 6000 in ODI.
The 50-50 Factor
A pro at breaking records, the skipper has also recorded the most half-century by any women cricketer in One-Day International cricket. She scored her 50th half-century in April 2018, during the ODI between India and England by taking 175 total innings to reach the milestone.
The Feather To Her Cap(s)
Mithali achieved the milestone of being the most capped player when she her team onto the field for the first match of the ICC Women’s Championship ODI series in April. She picked her 192nd cap in this historic match, almost two decades since making her debut for India in June 1999 against Ireland.
The List Goes On
Apart from these path-breaking achievements, she also has other notable ones under her belt. Becoming the youngest to score a hundred in women's ODIs at 16 years, 205 days, being the only player to have captained India in more than one ICC ODI World Cup final and playing the longest streak of consecutive ODI matches (109) between 2003 and 2013.
For the Indian Women's Cricket team, Mithali has been nothing short of a blessing. And for budding young female cricketers everywhere, this powerhouse captain has become an inspiration to look up to!
More power to you, Mithali!