Senior Indian cricketer Mithali Raj celebrated her 38th birthday on Thursday and wishes poured in from all across the globe. Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was the first among cricketers to take to Twitter and extend birthday greetings to the leading run-getter in women’s One-day Internationals (ODI). “Wishing a very Happy Birthday to the immensely talented @M_Raj03 who has set wonderful benchmarks in Indian cricket. May you continue to lead from the front and make the country proud,” Yuvraj Singh tweeted. 

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“Happy Birthday @M_Raj03 Keep shining like a star you are,” Aakash Chopra wrote on Twitter. 

The International Cricket Council put up a video of Mithali in which she spoke about her journey in international cricket. 

Mithali made her debut for India at the age of 16 in 1999, smashing an unbeaten 114 against Ireland. She has come a long way since then, becoming a mainstay in the Indian side. 

She has played 209 ODIs, 89 T20Is and 10 Tests. Mithali is the leading run-scorer in women’s ODIs with 6,888 runs. She is also the first woman to appear in 200 ODIs. 

In ODIs, Mithali has smashed seven centuries and 53 half-centuries. 

Mithali also holds the record of scoring most consecutive half-centuries in women’s ODIs – seven. 

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She is India’s leading run getter in women’s T20Is, with 2364 runs. 

The Indian batter has led India to two World Cup finals in 2005 and 2017. 

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