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Full name Mithali Dorai Raj
Born December 3, 1982, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Current age 32 years 114 days
Major teams Air India Women, Asia Women XI, India Blue Women, India Women
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Test debut||India Women v England Women at Lucknow, Jan 14-17, 2002 scorecard|
|Last Test||India Women v South Africa Women at Mysore, Nov 16-19, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India Women v Ireland Women at Milton Keynes, Jun 26, 1999 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India Women v South Africa Women at Bangalore, Nov 28, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England Women v India Women at Derby, Aug 5, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India Women v South Africa Women at Bangalore, Nov 30, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|40||India Women||v SA Women||Bangalore||30 Nov 2014||WT20I # 294|
|23||India Women||v SA Women||Bangalore||28 Nov 2014||WODI # 933|
|6||India Women||v SA Women||Bangalore||26 Nov 2014||WODI # 932|
|4||India Women||v SA Women||Bangalore||24 Nov 2014||WODI # 931|
|37||India Women||v SA Women||Mysore||16 Nov 2014||WT # 137|
|30||India Women||v Eng Women||Scarborough||23 Aug 2014||WODI # 916|
|34||India Women||v Eng Women||Scarborough||21 Aug 2014||WODI # 914|
|4, 50*||India Women||v Eng Women||Wormsley||13 Aug 2014||WT # 136|
|16||India Women||v Eng Acad Wmn||Loughborough||7 Aug 2014||Other|
|67||ROW Women||v MCC Women||Lord's||19 May 2014||Other OD|
Mithali Raj at 19 emerged as one of India's most capable batswomen with a staggering 214 against England in the second and final Test at Taunton. The middle-order bat now has the second highest score in women's Test cricket, having been surpassed by Kiran Baluch who scored 242 against West Indies in March 2004.
Playing for Railways in the domestic competition, Mithali began by playing with stars like Purnima Rau, Anjum Chopra and Anju Jain for Air India. Now, though, she has emerged as one of India's most dependable bats, scoring heavily in both one-dayers and Tests. Her composure when at the crease and ability to score briskly make her a dangerous customer. In addition to her ability with the bat, Raj rolls her arm over bowling leg-spinners and providing variety to any attack.
Raj has grasped every opportunity she has been presented with - and impressed. Coming to the wicket at times when batting is difficult, Mithali has shown an ability to soldier on without being perturbed. A star in the one-dayers, Mithali was taken ill with a strain of typhoid in the CricInfo Women's World Cup in 2002, seriously hampering India's progress. However, she then led them to their first World Cup final in 2005, in South Africa, where they met Australia who proved just too strong. In August 2006 she led the side to their first-ever Test and series victory in England and wrapped up the year winning the Asia Cup - the second time in 12 months - without dropping a single game.
But that high was followed by a disappointing Quadrangular where India were placed bottom of the table at the end of the tournament despite winning more matches than England, placed third in the table. ICC's bizarre rule-making meant that despite the fact that England lost all their group matches they gained third spot for beating India in a play-off. Raj had an unimpressive run with the bat in the tournament with one fifty from seven games.
In May 2008 she led India to their fourth successive Asia Cup title and reached the 3000-run landmark on the way. India have not dropped a single game in the tournament since it began in 2004. But a poor tour of England later that year, where India failed to win a single game, lost her the captaincy.
She was back in charge for the England tour of 2012, where she reclaimed the top spot in the one-day batting rankings with 251 runs in the series but could not prevent her side from going down 2-3.
India's first-round exit in the Women's World Cup at home in 2013 was a major disappointment for Raj. She continued to churn out the runs, topping the charts for India even as they failed to advance to the semi-finals of the Women's World T20 2014.
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.