Her name is synonymous with women’s cricket in India, thanks to her performances at the highest level. Mithali Raj, who has led India to two World Cup finals (2005 and 2017), has been an epitome of class and consistency.

Mithali, the first batswoman to score 6000 runs in One-Day International cricket, has proved time and again her worth to the team, shepherding a young side to unexpected glories.

The Indian women’s team's run to the ICC World Cup final in England in July created a frenzy back home, with fans staying glued to the television sets, expecting a title triumph from the Women in Blue.

India, however, lost the final to England by nine runs after failing to hold on to its nerve, despite having the upper hand almost throughout the game. The skipper got out cheaply in the summit clash, but accumulated 409 runs in the competition at an average of 45.44.