Mithali Raj started to play Cricket at the age of 10 and at the age of 17, she was picked for the Indian team. She started cricket coaching in her school days along with her elder brother. Mithali practised at school, often playing with male cricketers in the nets. She was named among the probables in the 1997 Women’s Cricket World Cup when she was just 14, but couldn’t make it to the final squad. She made her One Day International debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes and scored unbeaten 114 runs. She made her Test debut in the 2001–02 season against South Africa at Lucknow. On 17 August 2002, at the age of 19, in her third Test, she broke Karen Rolton’s record of world’s highest individual Test score of 209, scoring a new high of 214.