Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2003
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Mithali Raj is the captain of the Indian Women's cricket team. She was born on 3 December 1982 in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. She attended St. Johns school, Hyderabad for cricket coaching in her school days along with her elder brother. Mithali practised in Keyes Girls High School, Secunderabad often playing male cricketers in the nets. She has practiced classical dance for eight years and she quit dance to pursue her cricket career. he made her One Day International debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes and scored 114 runs without getting out in that match. She made her test match debut in the 2001-02 season against England at Lucknow. She became famous for her score of 214 runs in a test match against England at Taunton, which broke the record for the highest score in women's Test cricket, until she was surpassed by Kiran Baluch of Pakistan in 2004. Incidentally in that match, India also made their highest test score of 467 runs. She led the Indian team to the finals in the Women's Cricket World Cup of 2005 where the team lost to Australia. She is a part-time leg break bowler as well. She is a recipient of the Arjuna award for the year 2003.