Veteran batswoman and captain of the India ODI team, Mithali Raj becomes the first Indian women cricketer to go past the 10,000 run mark in international cricket.
She recorded this feat in her 36-run knock in the third ODI of the series against South Africa, on Friday, at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
Raj is only the second women cricketer to cross this landmark – former England player, Charlotte Edwards is leading the run-chart with 10,273 runs in a 20-year international career from 1996 to 2016.
Mithali Raj close to 7000 ODI runs
Mithali Raj has had an even longer career than Edwards. She made her ODI debut in 1999, Test and T20 debut followed a few years later. The right-hander has so far played 10 Tests, 212 ODIs, and 89 T20Is having scored 663 Test runs at an average of 51.00, 6974 ODI runs at 50.53, and 2364 T20I runs at 37.52; she has struck 75 fifties and 8 hundreds for India.
Raj now stands another 26 runs away from becoming the first batswoman to 7000 runs in women’s ODIs – she is comfortably sitting as the leading run-scorer in ODI cricket and, despite retiring from T20I a couple of years ago, she is still the highest run-scorer for India in the shortest format.
Wishes galore as she passed the landmark figure on Friday.
“What a champion cricketer! First Indian woman batter to score 10K international runs. Take a bow, @M_Raj03,” the BCCI tweeted
Ahead of the game, the opener and Smriti Mandhana had heaps praises on the 38-year-old skipper for leading the way in Indian and women’s cricket in general. The left-hander, who is the vice-captain of the T20I side now, lauds Mithali Raj’s consistency for more than two decades.
“Getting to 10,000 runs first or second is a huge thing. She is the first Indian to do that, so I think it is something that shows how consistent she has been throughout her career. We have looked up to her, definitely a very proud feeling for all of us in the team,” Mandhana had said.
What a champion cricketer! 👏👏
First Indian woman batter to score 10K international runs. 🔝 👍
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 12, 2021