Mithali Raj, Test and ODI captain of Indian women’s cricket team and one of the most successful female cricketers in India, turns 39 today (3 December).
The cricketer was born in the year 1982 and has been a pioneer of women’s cricket in the country. The right-handed batswoman’s contribution to Indian women cricket has been paramount in her over two-decades-long career.
The cricketer made her ODI debut against Ireland in Milton Keyes in the year 1999, when she was 16 years old.
The talented sportsperson has a number of achievements to her credit such as winning the Arjuna award in 2003 and the Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer in the World award in 2017. Mithali Raj was also conferred with the Padma Shri by President Pranab Mukherjee in the year 2015.
For Raj, the turning point in her life was in 2006, when the women’s cricket team came under BCCI and received several facilities that gave security to players.
As the cricket star celebrates her birthday today, we bring to you some marvellous records up the sleeve of this powerful lady
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