Mithali Raj, captain of Indian ODI cricket team (Photo Credit: Twitter / ICC)
One day captain Mithali Raj of the Indian women’s cricket team has taken another record in her name. Mithali has become the first Indian and the second female cricketer in the world to complete 10,000 runs in Women’s International Cricket.
38-year-old Mithali Raj set this record during the third ODI against South Africa at the Atal Bihari Bajpai Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. Mithali needed 85 runs to complete 10,000 runs. He played an innings of 50 runs in the first ODI played with Padmin South Africa. Mithali did not get a chance to bat in the second ODI. He has achieved this feat in the third match. Mithali Raj is the first woman player in India who has a record of scoring 2 thousand or more runs in T20 International cricket as well.
Earlier, Mithali Raj has achieved another feat in international cricket. Mithali has surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards to become the most capped female international cricketer in women’s cricket history. Mithali made his international debut against Ireland in 1999.
Charlotte Edwards has 309 matches to his name. Mithali has played 10 Tests, 211 ODIs and 82 T20s. Mithali also holds the record for the highest number of 210 ODIs in the world. Mithali is the only woman cricketer to have played more than 200 ODIs. Apart from Mithali, Jhulan Goswami (183), Anjum Chopra (127), Amita Sharma (116) and Harmanpreet (100) have played matches.
Mithali has scored 10,001 runs in 311 matches with 8 centuries and 75 half-centuries. Raj is the only player (male or female) to have led India to more than one ICC ODI World Cup final, twice in 2005 and 2017. 22-year-old Mithali Raj has been honored with the ‘Arjuna Award’ on 21 September 2004 for her cricket achievements of the year 2003.