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Sneha Bhatiya

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Is Mithali the greatest woman cricketer in the world?


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She's certainly on her way to that accolade.

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And why just "greatest women cricketer in the world"? With the class she brings on the field and her exceptional leadership skill, she could very well be one of the greatest cricketers in the world by the time she retires. (Provided, you're open to look beyond the numbers. In which case, Sachin Tendulkar will reign at the very top for long.) And for a woman, to achieve that feat in a male-dominant sports world is unthinkable.

Recently, Mithali Raj became the first woman cricketer in the world to play 200 ODIs. Only last April, she surpassed former England captain Charlotte Edwards's 191 ODI matches record, capturing the record for playing the most number of One Day Internationals by any woman.

Started her international career back in June 1999 against Ireland, where she scored an unbeaten 114 runs, Mithali Raj has had a phenomenal career till now, spanning nearly two decades. And she's still going very strong.

The face of the Indian women cricket, no doubt, and a role model to millions of girls in the country, Mithali Raj has many accolades under her hat.

· She's the highest run scorer for India in T20 cricket. She overtook Rohit Sharma past November 2018.

· She has the best ODI average in successful run-chases, more than that of Dhoni and Kohli.

· She has the highest number of ODI runs scored by a woman in the world.

· She has scored the most number of the fifties for India as an opener.

· For her incredible performance and massive contribution in the sport, she has received Arjuna Award, as well as the Padma Shree Award.

All these records definitely put her on the list of best cricketers in the world right now.

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She's 36. She still has a couple of years left in her. And given the Women's World Cup will be played in 2021 (in New Zealand). So, it's quite likely that she will retire only after the tournament, trying her last to help Indian women team win its first World Cup ever. And by that time, she will have more records and awards under here, overshadowing not just Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, greatest woman cricketer of all time, but also many legendary male counterparts.

So, to answer your question, Mithali Raj might not necessarily be the greatest women cricketer of all time, but she's certainly on her way.


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