Mithali Raj is known to all for being one of the most prolific run-getters in Indian women’s cricket and all these years in her career, she has established herself as one of the icons. Just last year, she had led India to the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup last year where her side lost out on the title by an agonising margin of nine runs.
But there are certain facts about that is more than what meets the eye.
Here are seven facts about the Indian ODI skipper.
1) Mithali loves to read books. She was once spotted reading a book by Jalaluddin Rumi before walking out to bat.
2)Mithali is the recepient of the Arjuna award in 2013.
3)Two years later, she also received the Padma Shri in 2015.
4)Mithali’s father Dorai Raj, was an officer in the Indian Air Force.
5)Before she took up cricket, Mithali was a classical dancer and learnt Bharatnatyam and was interested to pursue it further.
6) Mithali carries the distinction of being the second woman cricketer to cross the 5,000 runs in ODI cricket.
7)Mithali at 16 years and 250 days was the youngest woman cricketer to score a century on ODI .