Captain of the India Women ODI team and senior batswoman, Mithali Raj becomes the first female cricketer to score 7,000 runs in one-day internationals. She achieved this feat on Sunday while batting in the 4th ODI against South Africa Women at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
Before this game, Mithali Raj was 26 runs short of the 7,000 run-mark. During her 45-run knock, she went past the landmark figure in what is her 213th ODI for India.
The right-hander has so far played 10 Tests, 213 ODIs, and 89 T20Is having scored 663 Test runs at an average of 51.00, 7019 ODI runs at 50.49, and 2364 T20I runs at 37.52; she has struck 75 fifties and 8 hundreds in a career expanding over 20 years. Also, despite retiring from T20Is a couple of years ago, she is still the highest run-scorer for India in the shortest format.
Mithali Raj is the first Indian woman and second overall to 10,000 international runs
On Friday, against the same opposition in the 3rd ODI, during her 36-run knock, Mithali Raj became the first Indian women cricketer to amass 10,000 runs in international cricket.
She is only the second women cricketer to record this feat – former England player, Charlotte Edwards is leading the run-chart with 10,273 runs in a 20-year international career from 1996 to 2016.
Speaking of the 4th ODI between India and South Africa, the visitors, who have a 2-1 lead in the series, won the toss and put India into bat. The hosts lost the in-form opener Smriti Mandhana early but Priya Punia, who replaced the out-of-form Jemimah Rodrigues counter-attacked before getting dismissed for 32.
Punam Raut notched up her third ODI hundred and was supported by a quick-fire 54-run knock from 35 balls by Harmanpreet Kaur to take India to 266/4.
Magnificent Mithali! 🙌🙌#TeamIndia ODI skipper becomes the first woman cricketer to score 7⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ ODI runs. 👏👏
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 14, 2021