Mithali Raj Biopic Is On Work: Some Lesser Known Facts To Know About Her
Another biopic on a sports celebrity is on work. Yes, the Mithali Raj biopic is in the making by Viacom18 Motion Pictures. They have recently got the rights of making a biopic on the life of the cricket star who came to limelight after India’s entry into the final of the Women’s World Cup where the team lost by 9 runs to England. Instead of losing the final match, Raj caught the notice of many, owing to her spectacular batting performance during the tournament.
Here we share facts about the ace woman cricketer, some known and a few lesser known for your knowledge about Indian women cricket team captain Mithali a talent of India.
Mithali Raj who belongs to a Tamil family was born in Jodhpur in 1982, only a year before Kapil Dev’s team won the World Cup in1983.
On Wednesday, July 12, 2017, Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj performed on the track and drove Kristen Beams’ amazing delivery firmly towards mid-off and picked a single. Tough she could take a single only, the moment became memorable in the history of sports as it helped Raj become the highest run scorer in Women’s One-Day Internationals (WODIs). She outperformed 5992 runs record of the England cricketer Charlotte Edwards.
Raj’s father served in the Indian Air Force and wanted her to become a cricketer. She spent her entire childhood in Hyderabad and studied in St. John’s School where she started playing cricket along with her elder brother. She often practiced at the Keyes Girls High School in Secunderabad and used to play for long hours, often with male cricketers in the nets.
Mithali Raj was selected for the Indian team when she was only 17 years old. In the year 1999, she made her debut against Ireland in a WODI match in England and there she scored an unbeaten 114 runs.
She made her Test debut in Lucknow in 2002, against England. In the latter part of that year, she registered the highest individual women’s Test score of 214 in Taunton against the same opposition.
India needed Raj in the 2002 World Cup, but the team’s chances were hampered as she fell sick during the tournament. You may want to visit Mithali Raj Profile.
In 2004, she was appointed as the women’s team captain and has since then she led the side in over 100 WODIs. She holds the record for being captain of a national team in a second most number of WODIs.
Under her able leadership, India reached the finals of the World Cup for the first time in 2005, where they lost to Australia. But the following year, the team won their first Test series in England.
In domestic series, she represented Air India and played for the Railways since the year 2006.
Mithili Raj was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2003 and was bestowed with Padma Shri in 2015.
With an average of 51 in both Tests and WODIs, Raj has scored 6 international centuries and got dismissed five times in the nineties.
She previously became the second female cricketer to surpass 5,000 WODI runs. Raj also has the record for the most consecutive fifties (7) in the WODI format and has scored a total of 63 (50s) in the international cricket.
With approximately 8,400 runs to her credit in international cricket, Raj is India’s highest female run scorer in all three formats.
Another thing to mention is that Mithali Raj wanted to quit cricket in the year 2009, only continued for her parents’ sake!
Now we eagerly wait to know which actress will step into the shoes of Mithali Raj for her biopic.
With this, we conclude.
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