In this era of women empowerment, girls are doing best in almost every field. Mithali Raj is one of the icons in the field of women cricket who has made her place in a million hearts in the last few days. In ICC world cup 2017, she along with her team, performed really well with her captaincy as well as cricket skills. This wonderful cricketwoman had however no interest in cricket initially, she only accompanied her brother to the academy and loved dancing from the very beginning. This middle class girl wanted to be a dancer transformed into one of the best cricketer of the world. From the little lazy girl to the captain of India women’s team, she had a hard journey. But Yes, Hard times make you stronger and she completely deserves to be the captain of India. Let’s see some facts that makes her among the best names in the world of cricket.
1. Tough TrainingThe more hard you’re trained, the better it is. Second coach of Mithali Raj, Sampath was too strict; she would go crying in her mother’s lap expressing the regret that why she joined Sampath. Intense training sessions of 6 hours and she was used to train at school as well. However, she feels immense gratitude towards coach now looking back. Hard work really pays off.
2. One Of The Youngest DebutOn her debut ODI in 1999, she was just 16 years and 205 days making her youngest women on the earth to debut in One day Internationals against Ireland.
3. Century On The DebutNot only youngest debut, but with an explosive knock. On her first match itself, she scored 114 runs. She was the third woman cricketer to score a century on ODI debut and moreover, the youngest women on planet to score the century.
4. Double CenturyIn her 3rd test, she scored 214 runs against England, which was the highest in women’s cricket at that time and the record was however, broken after two years. The moment she touched 200, everyone believed that this determined girl is all set to break all the record.
5. 74 Innings, No DuckBetween the years 2000 and 2007, she had played 74 innings with not even a single duck, which was the longest streak for any player at that time.
6. 7 Consecutive Half CenturiesHer amazing batting style mesmerises everyone in the audience. With the opening match of ICC world cup, she had made the record of 7 consecutive half centuries in the ODIs.
7. Young And Talented CaptainIn the age of 21, she was the youngest ever captain of Indian women’s cricket team. She was the first captain, whose captaincy skills took the team to the world cup finals for the very first time.
8. Runs! Runs! Runs!In her 183 one day Internationals, she has become the first woman on the earth to score 6000 breaking all the records. Breaking many other records, she is now known as Lady Sachin.
9. AwardsDue to her best performance in the sports, she was honoured with the Arjun award in 2003, Padma shri, 4th highest civilian award of India, in 2015 and was the only female cricketer to win the Wisden cricketer of the year.
10. Experience SpeaksYes, Experience does matters, She has played 186 in her 18 year long career with an average score of 51 runs which is still unquestionable.
With her elegant drives as Rahul Dravid and spotless defence as Sunil Gawaskar; she is really among the best cricketers ever. The girl made India proud in many matches, proving her to be the star icon and making the tagline “Mhari choriyan choron se kam hain ke” true in cricket too.