While playing against England during the second and final Test match at Taunton, Mithali Raj plundered 214 runs and thereby emerged as one of the most capable batsman of India. Presently, she is one of the most dependable batsman of the side as she can score heavily in both Tests and ODIs. When at the crease, she is very composed and scores runs at a fast rate. She adds variety to the bowling attack by her leg-spinners.
Raj led the Indian national women’s cricket team to the World Cup final in 2005 at South Africa, where Australia proved too robust. She again led the side to the first ever Test and Series victory in England in August 2006. In the same year, she won the Asia Cup for India, without dropping a single game.
In May 2008, India won their fourth consecutive Asia Cup title under Raj’s captaincy. During this series, Raj reached her 3000 run landmark.
Mithali Raj has represented India in 115 ODIs and in these has accumulated 3549 runs at a batting average of 47.32. Her highest score was 114 not out and she clobbered 2 centuries and 28 fifties. While fielding, she took 25 catches. She bowled 171 balls, conceded 91 runs and claimed 8 wickets. Her economy rate was 3.19, bowling average was 11.37 and bowling strike rate was 21.3.