New Delhi: Mithali Raj, the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team and the highest run-scorer in women’s international has turned 35 on Sunday.
After making her debut at a young of 16 years, she has served the nation for nearly 18 years.
Raj is the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and has stood out as an inspiration for many upcoming women players.
India’s vision for women cricket changed, when Raj led the Indian team to the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England.
Raj is the first captain in the Indian cricket history to lead the country to an ICC ODI World Cup final twice – 2005 and 2017.
She made her Test debut in the 2001 against South Africa. In 2002, at the age of 19, in her third Test, she broke Karen Rolton’s record of world’s highest individual Test score of 209*, scoring a new high of 214.
Since then, only Kiran Baluch of Pakistan (242) has scored more in an innings.