At 41 years old, Mithali Raj has this physical status:
Playing for Railways in the domestic competition, Mithali began by playing with cricket stars like Purnima Rau, Anjum Chopra and Anju Jain for Air India. She has played for the Supernovas and Velocity in the Women's T20 Challenge.
Mithali has played all three cricket formats for India: Test, One Day and T20. She was named among the probables in the 1997 Women's Cricket World Cup when she was just 14, but couldn't make it to the final squad. She made her One Day International debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes and scored an unbeaten 114 runs. She made her test debut in the 2001–02 season against South Africa at Lucknow. On August 17th, 2002, at the age of 19, in her third test, she broke Karen Rolton's record of world's highest individual Test score of 209*, scoring a new high of 214 against England in the second and final Test at County Ground, Taunton. The record has since been surpassed by Kiran Baluch of Pakistan who scored 242 against West Indies in March 2004.
Mithali was ill with typhoid during the CricInfo Women's World Cup in 2002, which seriously hampered the performance of India.
However, she led India to their first finals in 2005 Women's Cricket World Cup, in South Africa, where they lost to Australia.
In August of 2006, she led the side to their first ever Test and Series victory in England, and wrapped up the year winning the Asia Cup—the second time in 12 months—without dropping a single game.
She is a part-time leg-break bowler as well. She is a recipient of the Arjuna award for 2003. She currently tops the batting table with 703 ratings. Her composure when at the crease, and ability to score briskly make her a dangerous cricketer. In addition to her ability with the bat, Mithali rolls her arm over bowling leg-spinners and providing variety to the attack.
At the 2013 Women's World Cup, Mithali was the No. 1 Cricketer in the ODI chart among women. She scored 100s: 1 and 50s: 4 in Test cricket, 100s: 5 and 50s: 50 with best bowling of 3/4 in ODIs and 50s: 10 in T20s.
In February 2017, she became the second player to score 5,500 runs in WODIs. Mithali is the first player to captain most matches for India in ODI and T20I.
In July 2017, she became the first player to score 6,000 runs in WODIs. She led the Indian team to the final of the 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup where the team lost to England by nine runs.
In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in the ICC Women's ODI Team of the Year.
In October 2018, she was named to India's squad for the 2018 ICC Women's World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies.
In September 2019, Mithali retired from T20I Cricket. She dreams of bringing the World Cup to her country by 2021. "After representing India in T20 internationals since 2006, I wish to retire from T20Is to focus my energies on readying myself for the 2021 one-day World Cup," she said in a BCCI press statement.
In November 2020, Mithali was nominated for the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Award for ICC Female Cricketer of the Decade, and the award for women's ODI cricketer of the decade.
In May 2021, she was named captain of India's Test squad for their one-off match against the England women's cricket team. In January 2022, she was named captain of India's team for the 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.
On June 8th, 2022, Mithali announced her retirement from all formats of International cricket after an illustrious career.
Mithali was appointed batting consultant for India women's national cricket team, and has played as a player-coach.