The Indian Women’s Team Captain, Mithali Raj now has another feather on her cap. Raj who already has many records on her name now has a record of captaining in most matches in Women’s World Cups. She broke the record of Australian Belinda Clarke who previously held the record of captaining in 23 World Cup Matches. Here in this article, we have provided Mithali Raj Captaincy Records.
On Saturday, India is playing West Indies which will be Mithali’s 24th outing as the captain of the Indian side in the World Cup tournaments. This is one of the prime achievements of Raj’s long career of more than 22 years. She has played 228 one-day international matches of which she has led the home side in 151, which is the highest in women’s cricket.
Mithali Raj debuted for India at a very young age of 16 years 205 days in the year 1999 against Ireland. She was the youngest woman player to ever play the game at the international level. Since then she has maintained her dominance over and has seen all that has transpired in women’s cricket in India. Now a legend, Mithali Raj is now a Padma Shri. She was awarded Arjuna Award for Cricket in 2003 and Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award for Cricket, which is the highest sports honor in India, in 2021.
Let’s take look at What Are The Records Of Mithali Raj?
Mithali Raj Records In Cricket:
Longest careers (22y 259d) in Women’s One-Day Internationals
Most matches as captain (150) in Women’s One-Day Internationals
Most runs in a career (7663) in Women’s One-Day Internationals
Hundred on debut (114*) in Women’s One-Day Internationals
Most nineties in a career (5) in Women’s One-Day Internationals
Youngest player to score a hundred (16y 205d) in Women’s One-Day Internationals
Most number of fifties in a career (69) in Women’s One-Day Internationals
Most number of times fifties in consecutive innings (7) in Women’s One-Day Internationals
2nd in Most consecutive innings without a duck (74) in Women’s One-Day Internationals
5000 runs and 50 fielding dismissals record in Women’s One-Day Internationals
Most runs in an innings (by batting position) (214) in Women’s Test matches
Youngest player to score a double hundred (19y 254d) in Women’s Test matches
Most catches in an innings (3) in Women’s Test matches
Highest partnership for the seventh wicket (157) in Women’s Test matches
Mithali has immensely helped in growing the game of cricket for women in our country. Playing at the highest level and smashing records, she created a space for Indian women to be visible internationally and inspired young girls to dream big. This might be the last World Cup for the Indian Women’s Team ‘Captain Mithali Raj’, but her long eventful journey will always be cherished and looked upon.