Mithali Raj Retires: 10 major records held by India’s legendary female cricketer

Mithali Raj Retires: 10 major records held by India's legendary female cricketer
Image credits: Mithali Raj/Instagram

New Delhi: Mithali Raj has announced her retirement from international cricket after serving the Indian women’s team for 26 years. The 39-year-old batter has been one of the finest female cricketers to have ever represented India. Mithali Raj made her debut in 1996 in an ODI game against Ireland and has played in 232 One Day Internationals since then. She scored 7,805 runs at a impressive average of 50.68. Eventually, she retired as the highest run-scorer in Women’s ODIs.

She made her Test debut against England in 2002. In 2006, she played her 1st T20I against the same opponent. It was the first ever T20I played by the Indian women’s cricket team under her leadership. India won the match by 8 wickets. She played 12 Tests and 89 T20Is for India and scored 699 and 2364 runs respectively.As the legendary batter’s 26-year cricketing journey comes to an end, let’s take a look at her records:

Mithali Raj: 10 major records

1. With 7,805 runs to her name, Mithali is currently the highest run scorer in the Women’s One Day Internationals.

2. She holds the record for the most appearances in women’s ODIs. She represented India in 232 One Day Internationals during her 26-year long career.

3. Mithali Raj scored an unbeaten 114 runs when she was 16 and it was her debut. With this, she turned out to be the youngest  female cricketer to score a century in the ODIs.

4. She is the first Indian woman with two centuries in T20.

5. Mithali has the most T20I runs among Indian female cricketers. She played 89 T20I and amassed 2,364 points with an average of 37.52.  

Mithali Raj Retires: 10 major records held by India's legendary female cricketer
Image credits: Mithali Raj/Instagram

6. She was appointed as India’s Test skipper at the age of 22. With this, she became the third youngest captain in women’s game.  

7. Mithali Raj has the record for the second most games (74) without a duck.  

8. At the age of 19, she hit her first double century in red ball cricket, becoming the youngest female cricketer to do so.

9. Mithali was the first woman and the third female cricketer ever to play in six ICC Women’s Cricket World Cups.

10. She surpassed 10,000-run mark in international cricket across all formats in March 2021 during the 3rd ODI between India vs South Africa 3rd ODI in Lucknow.

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