Meet Mithali Raj, The Pride Of Indian Cricket

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​Indian batting genius Mithali Raj announced her retirement from international cricket on June 8, 2022. Her career spanned over a jaw-dropping 23 years.

​Netizens took to social media platforms to pay tribute to Mithali, but most of us are unaware of the records she's broken during her illustrious career.

​Who is Mithali Raj?

​Mithali Raj, the Jodhpur-born sportswoman, is one of the greatest women cricketers to have graced the game.

​During her 23-year stint, the 39-year-old has represented India 333 times across all formats of cricket.

​Apart from holding several world records, she is the first Indian captain to lead our country to two World Cup finals.

​Mithali is the highest run-getter in women's internationals. She has played the most number of games as a captain and is also the youngest to score a double hundred in women's Test matches.

​Daughter of an ex-Indian Air Force employee, Dorai Raj, Mithali was enrolled for cricket training in Secunderabad because her father didn't want her to develop the habit of sleeping till late hours.

​She led India into the World Cup final in 2017. Although India couldn't win the trophy, the Indian women’s cricket team and Mithali won millions of hearts.

​Mithali Raj went past England's Charlotte Edwards in July 2021 to become only the second women cricketer to breach the 10,000 run-mark.

​The former Indian captain has a biopic on her life, ‘Shabaash Mithu’, releasing next week on July 15, 2022, with Taapsee Pannu playing the reel-life Mithali Raj. The film chronicles the highs and lows of Mithali’s life.

​“There is nothing more powerful than a girl with a dream and a plan to realise it! This is a story of one such girl who chased her dream with a bat in this 'Gentleman's Game',” wrote Taapsee when she announced the release date of the film.

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