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On This Day In 2002, Mithali Raj Became First Indian Women's Player To Score Double Century In Tests

On This Day In 2002, Mithali Raj Became First Indian Women's Player To Score Double Century In Tests
Mithali Raj struck 19 boundaries during her brilliant double century against England in 2002.

Highlights

  1. Mithali Raj scored a double century against England on August 16 in 2002
  2. She was the first women's cricketer from India to achieve the feat
  3. Mithali Raj scored 214 runs and smashed 19 boundaries as well

It was on August 16, 2002, when Mithali Raj became the first Indian women's player to score a double century in the longest format of the game. She achieved the feat against England at Taunton, and at that time, Mithali's knock of 214 was the highest score in women's Test cricket. To date, Mithali's innings is the second-highest score registered by a batter in women's Test cricket. The right-handed Mithali had spent 598 minutes on the crease and she played 407 balls for her innings which comprised of 19 fours.

Mithali, who was just 19 at that time, had earned her debut Test cap a few months before the tour of England and Ireland.

In the match against England, India won the toss and decided to bowl first.

The hosts were bundled out for 329 as Neetu David scalped four wickets while Jhulan Goswami took three scalps.

For India, Mithali and Hemlata Kala put on 144 runs for the fourth wicket, but their partnership was broken via run-out and Kala (62) was sent back to the pavilion.

Soon, India was reduced to 297/6, but from there Mithali found support in Jhulan Goswami and the duo put on 157 runs for the seventh wicket.

Their partnership saw Mithali going past the 200-run mark and she was finally sent back to the pavilion by Isa Guha.

India was bowled out for 497, gaining a lead of 138 runs over the hosts.

However, the match ended as a draw with England managing to hang on in the second innings.

Mithali has played 10 Tests in her career, managing to score 663 runs at an average of 51.00.

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About The Campaign

NDTV in partnership with UBER is launching a sustained campaign 'Roshan Dilli'  to try and raise safety standards in India's capital, New Delhi.

Our focus is to try and improve lighting in public spaces in the city. Lighting is a key factor in shaping women's perceptions of safety

The initiative will provide a platform for all stakeholders to discuss our goal of improving safety standards, to start a conversation about safety of women in the country

It will also highlight various interventions and solutions that help to make women safe and put the spotlight on what more can be done.

The campaign will accentuate the need for Safety to be a shared responsibility

The need for gender sensitization and how law enforcement and civil society through checks and education can try and make women safer

We hope you will join us and help make New Delhi a safer city for women.

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