Meet Mithali Raj: a female cricket superstar

Meet Mithali Raj: a female cricket superstar

Cricket isn't just for men. Let's delve into the life of a female cricket superstar that supports the above statement.

Mithali Raj was born on 3 December 1982 in a Tamil family in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Playing for railways in the domestic competition, Raj began by playing with stars like Purnima Rau, Anju Jain for Air India.

Mithali has played all three cricket formats for India, Test, One Day and T20.

She made her One Day International debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes and scored unbeaten 114 runs. She made her Test debut in the 2001–02 season against South Africa at Lucknow. On 17 August 2002, at the age of 19, in her third Test, she broke Karen Rolton's record of the world's highest individual Test score of 209*, scoring a new high of 214 against England in the second and final Test at County Ground, Taunton. The record has since been surpassed by Kiran Baluch of Pakistan who scored 242 against West Indies in March 2004.

Mithali is nicknamed "Lady Tendulkar of Indian Women's cricket", as she is currently the all-time leading run-scorer for India in all formats, including Tests, ODIs and T20Is

During the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup Raj scored her seventh consecutive half-century and made a record for most consecutive fifties by a player.

Mithali is the 1st Indian and 5th woman cricketer overall to score over 1,000 World Cup runs.

She holds the record for playing the most consecutive Women's Day International for a team (109).

She was conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2009, Padma Bhushan in 2013 and Khel Ratna award in 2021.

World Athletics Day

Founded by the Worldwide Newbie Athletic Federation in 2003 to promote athletic participation among kids, World Athletics Day is part of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF’s) social accountability project, ‘Athletics for a Greater World’. At a time, when problems related to obesity have become a norm, it has become key to raise public awareness about health and fitness through sports.

World Athletics Day Objectives:

Popularising sports among the youth.

Giving a boost to Athletics and making it the primary sport in schools and institutions.

Increasing public awareness about sports and also impart education to youngsters about the importance of sports.

To establish an important link between the youth, our sport, and environmental conservation.

Let's encourage our kids to participate in sports as its important for their mental and physical well being.

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