Mithali Raj, the 38-year-old who has reclaimed the No. 1 ODI rating, has been dubbed “Queen of Cricket World” by Twitterati.


Mithali Raj, India’s Women’s Test and ODI captain, recovered the top spot in the current ICC Women’s ODI rankings on Tuesday. The 38-year-old rose four places in the official rankings to take the top spot.

Mithali Raj had a fantastic series, scoring half-centuries in all three matches despite India Women losing the three-match ODI series 1-2 to England. She made 72 in the first one-dayer in Bristol, 59 in the second in Taunton, and a match-winning 75 not out in the final in Worcester.

The ICC tweeted its latest rankings, saying:

β€œ@M_Raj03 is the new No.1. In the latest @MRFWorldwide ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for batting, the India skipper climbs to the top of the table.”

Mithali Raj had previously topped the ICC Women’s One-Day International rankings in February 2018. In April 2005, she became the first woman to reach the top of the charts.

After it was announced that she had regained the No. 1 spot in ODIs, the Indian captain became a social media sensation. The Twitterati gushed over her. Some referred to her as the “queen” of cricket, while others referred to her as “Mighty Mithali.” Here are some of the comments to Mithali Raj’s achievement on Twitter:

I don’t seek approval from others: Mithali Raj is a model and actress.
Mithali Raj became the greatest run-scorer in women’s international cricket with her unbroken 75 in the third One-Day International against England, surpassing Charlotte Edwards’ aggregate of 10,273 runs.

Despite her excellent form, the 38-year-old was chastised for her strike rate. Mithali Raj reacted to the same after India Women’s win in the last ODI:

β€œI do read that the criticism is about my strike rate, but as I have said earlier also, I don’t seek validation from people. I’ve played for a long time, and I know that I have a certain responsibility in the team. I don’t look to please people.”

β€œI’m here to play the role that is assigned to me by the team management. When you’re chasing a target, you pick your bowlers, you pick your length, you pick the areas. Because I’m in a good flow, I need to make the best use of myself in the middle, and the entire batting unit revolves around me,” Mithali Raj added.

Mithali Raj also completed 22 years in international cricket during the ODI series, the most by any woman cricketer. In both men’s and women’s international cricket, only Sachin Tendulkar has a lengthier international career than Mithali Raj.

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