“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” ~ Rumi
Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj enjoys a bit of Rumi before she goes out to bat. The satisfaction of reading between the lines was not enough for the 34-year old cricketer as she now sought to ‘unfold her own myth’.
Mithali has announced her partnership with the Penguin Random House India to publish her autobiography. The book is expected to provide a candid and revealing look into her personal and sporting life.
The Indian women’s cricket team captain announced the same by retweeting the original post by the publication house.
— Penguin India (@PenguinIndia) October 5, 2017
The autobiography will hit the stands in 2018 but the fans will be eager to know the story of an ordinary girl who went on to make the real change and made the world sit up and take notice. But what exactly can fans expect from the autobiography? Here is a short glimpse of Mithali’s life and her achievements:
Mithali Dorai Raj was born on 3 December 1982 in Jodhpur to Dorai Raj and Leela Raj. Long before she lived up to the surname and established her queendom in international cricket, Mithali Raj was aspiring to display her footwork in a different sphere — Indian classical dancing. She has practiced classical dance for eight years but gave it up for her career in cricket. It was a difficult decision for Mithali to make since women’s cricket was an amateur game two decades ago.
Mithali was selected for the Indian Team at the age of 17. She attended Keyes Girls High School in Secundrabad often playing male cricketers in the nets. However, her chosen profession had many laurels waiting for her to claim. She was selected for the Indian women’s cricket team at the age of 17. She began by playing for Air India with stars like Anjum Chopra and Anju Jain.
Mithali made her ODI debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes. In her debut she scored an outstanding runs of 114 not out. She made her International Test Debut against South Africa in 2001-2002 and with her score of 214 runs; she became the World’s Highest Individual Test Score in August of 2002 at the age of 19.
Under Mithali’s captaincy, Indian Women’s Cricket Team won their first ever Test and series against England as well as the Asia Cup (twice in the same year) with an unbreakable winning streak. She starred as the No.1 Cricketer in the ODI chart for Women Cricketers in the 2013 Women’s World Cup. She is also the first captain to lead India to ICC ODI World Cup final twice- first in 2005 and then in 2017.
Recipient of the Arjuna Award in and in 2015 the Padma Shri – the fourth highest civilian award, currently Mithali tops the batting charts. She is the highest run scorer and has amassed a total of 6190 runs. She is also the first player to score 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs.
How this journey of a choice and achievements unfolded can only be known after the autobiography hits the stands. So get ready to book your date with a captivating story of an ordinary girl.
“Mithali Raj is a remarkable role model and is testament to the virtues of perseverance and hard work. She is hugely admired the world over for her talent, grit and leadership on the field, and most strikingly remains a very grounded and introspective person. I am delighted to be working with her and we, at Penguin Randon House India, are very proud that she has chosen us to bring her story to the world,” Radhika Marwah, Associate Commissioning Editor, Penguin has said.
“I am thrilled to be a part of the Penguin Random House family and excited to share my story through them. I hope people come to like it through this book,” Mithali is quoted as saying.