Mithali Dorai Raj, the current world number one batswoman in the ODI arena is celebrating her 36th birthday today (December 03, 2018). The 36-year-old is also called Tendulkar of women's cricket, which she achieved some historical milestones for India.
Mithali gave up the passion towards classical dance forcefully and took cricket as a career on her parents' advice which looked an odd choice and risky at that instant. Destiny made her one of the all-time greatest women cricketers in the world.
Way back in 1999, Mithali Raj made her debut against Ireland. In her 20 years stellar career, she took Indian women's cricket to the top level with her spectacular batting performances and captaincy prowess.
Captain Of India
The only player to lead India twice in World Cup finals (2005 and 2017)
Team India won their first Test series (against England) under Mithali's captaincy
Won 6 Asia Cup tournaments between 2004 and 2016
Highest scorer in ODIs (6550 runs)
Played in 5 World Cup tournaments
Scored century (youngest centurion-114*) in debut match against Ireland at the age of 16 years
Scored a double century in her third Test (214) against England (second highest score in Tests)
Played most consecutive ODI matches (109 matches)
Scored 6000 ODI runs in just 164 innings
Most ODI centuries by an Indian (7)
Most nineties in ODIs (5)
Most ODI fifties (5)
Arjuna Award in 2003
Padma Shri in 2015
Wisden India Cricketer of the year 2015
Mithali Raj listed in BBC 100 most influential women 2017
Mithali shared space on the cover page of Vogue magazine along with Shah Rukh Khan and Nita Ambani
Mithali Raj was made the cover page of JFW (Just For Women) magazine on the occasion of its 10th anniversary
Viacom18 Motion Pictures recently announced a biopic on Mithali Raj to inspire young girls to take up sports as a career
We, at EeYuva, wish Mithali Raj a 'Happy Birthday' and hope she continues her batting spirit in the coming years for Indian Women's cricket team.