Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj. (Credits: Getty)

Mithali Raj, the living legend of India’s Women’s Cricket added another milestone to her illustrious career when she went out with her team for the third one-day international against New Zealand on February 1. Raj became the first women cricketer in the world to feature in 200 ODIs.

Meanwhile, apart from her outstanding batting, it is her longevity that has stood out for her. In addition to, she is also the highest run-scorer in Women’s ODIs. Incidentally, Indian Women’s team have played 263 ODIs in all and Mithali Raj has featured in 200 of them. Moreover, since her debut in 1999, India have played 213 fifty-over games and Raj has featured in all except 13.

Her international career has lasted 19 years and 219 days and is still going strong. That is the highest among all female players, and fourth-highest across gender behind only Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya and Javed Miandad.

Mithali Raj Becomes the First Women Cricketer to Feature in 200 ODIs
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This long career has brought her 6613 runs, which include seven hundred and an incredible 52 fifties, the most recent of which she scored in the second ODI against New Zealand. Many of Mithali Raj’s best knocks came at a time when the women’s game hadn’t reached the levels of professionalism that it now has, and before many of the games were on television – but as the sport has grown, so has her own game.

While Mithali Raj is the first women to play 200 ODIs, Allan Border was the first to achieve this feat in the men’s game while Sachin Tendulkar was the first to do so in Test cricket. However, Tendulkar and Border have hung their boots long back, Mithali Raj is still going strong.

Meanwhile, Indian women’s cricket team managed to post only 144 in the third ODI against New Zealand. Deepti Sharma topped the scoring chart with 52 runs while others failed to make significant contributions. In reply, New Zealand have started strong with Suzie Bates leading the charge for the Kiwis. She shared a match-winning partnership with skipper Amy Satherwaite to cross the target with eight wickets in hand.

 

Ankush Das

I am an accountant by qualification, my parents thought their obedient son would study further to become a CA, but I had other things in mind. An ardent Cricket fan is following his passion and making...