Mithali Dorai Raj (born 3 December 1982) is a former Indian cricketer who captained the Indian women’s national team in Test and ODI matches.

She bats in the upper-middle order and bowls right-arm leg breaks on occasion. Raj is the all-time leading run-scorer in women’s international cricket and is widely regarded as one of the finest female cricketers of all time.

In international cricket, she owns a number of records. In Women’s One Day International matches, she is the only female cricketer to reach the 7,000-run mark.

She is the only player in ODI history to score seven straight 50s. Raj also owns the WODI record for the most half-century.

She became the first player from India (male or female) to register 2000 runs in T20Is and the first woman cricketer to reach 2000 WT20I runs in June 2018 at the 2018 Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup.

Raj became the leading run-scorer in women’s international cricket in the third WODI match against England in July 2021. Charlotte Edwards’ previous record of 10,273 runs was surpassed.

Raj declared her retirement from all forms of international cricket on June 8, 2022.

Mithali Raj Awards, Honours, Trophies

Year Award Notes
2003 Arjuna Award
2015 Padma Shri India’s fourth-highest civilian award
2017 Youth Sports Icon of Excellence Award At the Radiant Wellness Conclave, Chenna
2017 Vogue Sportsperson of the Year At Vogue‘s 10th anniversary
2017 BBC 100 Women
2017 Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer in the World
2021 Khel Ratna Award Highest sporting honour of India