Former Indian skipper Mithali Raj became the first woman cricketer to have an international career lasting more than two decades.
Mithali achieved the feat against South Africa at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara. The right-handed batswoman, who made her ODI debut against Ireland in June 1999, has completed 20 years and 105 days of her career in the 50-over game. She is also the only female player to have played ODI cricket for over two decades.
With more than 6,000 runs in ODI, Mithali is considered as one of the most successful cricketers in world cricket. Coming to white jersey cricket, she has played 10 Tests.
India was finalists at the 2005 World Cup under her captaincy. India finished the year 2005 by winning Asia Cup. She led India to famous Test win against England on their soil.
Captaincy of Mithali Raj helped India to defeat Australia in bilateral series in 2016. In 2017, she guided victory against West Indies. India also grabbed quadrangular series in South Africa under her ‘rule’.
To sum up quickly, no matter India has number of players such as Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Jhulan Goswami and more but is there anybody who can take place of the legendary Mithali Raj?