India’s former captain and cricketing stalwart, Mithali Raj, recently celebrated her 41st birthday on Sunday (December 3). Many prominent cricketers  took a moment to extend their heartfelt wishes to Mithali on her special day.

A stalwart’s legacy

It is worth mentioning that Mithali’s journey in cricket is nothing short of extraordinary. With numerous accolades and records to her name, she has become a beacon of inspiration for aspiring cricketers, especially women, around the globe. As the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket, she has not only brought glory to India on numerous occasions but has also earned a place among the greatest female cricketers of all time, as recognized by ESPN.

Awards and accolades

Mithali’s list of accolades is as impressive as her on-field performances. Her prowess with the bat and leadership skills have garnered her several prestigious national and international awards, including the Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer in the World (2017), Arjuna Award (2003), Padma Shri (2015), and Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna (2021). These honours stand as a testament to her consistent excellence and contribution to the sport.

Record-breaking feats

The records held by Mithali are a testament to her unparalleled skill and dedication to the game. She stands as the only female cricketer to surpass the 7,000-run mark in Women’s One Day International (WODI) matches. Adding to her list of accomplishments, she became the first female cricketer to amass 2000 WT20I runs, showcasing her adaptability across formats.

On June 8, 2022, Mithali announced her retirement from all formats of international cricket, marking the end of an era. Her decision prompted an outpouring of gratitude and admiration from fans and fellow cricketers alike, acknowledging her contributions to the sport.

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Birthday wishes from cricket icons

As Mithali turned 41, the cricketing fraternity joined hands to shower her with warm wishes. Legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Jhulan Goswami, and others took to social media to express their admiration for Mithali’s contributions and extend their heartfelt birthday wishes.

Here’s how Twitter wished Mithali:

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