India women’s team skipper Mithali Raj became the proud owner of yet another record as she became the first player in the history of women’s ODI cricket to cross the 6,000-run mark in One-Day Internationals. The star batswoman reached the milestone during India’s ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match against Australia on Wednesday (July 13).
Mithali surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards who has scored 5,992 in 191 matches at an average of 38.16 including nine centuries and 46 half-centuries. On the other hand, Mithali’s monumental moment came in 182nd match with the help of 5 centuries and 49 half-centuries. Mithali, who made her debut as a 17-year old in 1999, made an immediate impact by scoring a century in her very first game. Over the years she has been India’s batting mainstay and is proving it once again in the ongoing World Cup.
After playing an integral part in India’s first four wins in the tournament she failed to click in the loss against South Africa but got her form back in the crunch clash against defending champions Australia. India were off to a poor start with Smriti Mandhana departing early once again but Mithali and Punam Raut then steadied the ship and laid the platform for a good total by adding 157 runs for the second wicket. The partnership ended when Mithali was dismissed for 69.
Tributes have been pouring in from all quarters for Mithali after her landmark innings and India men’s team skipper Virat Kohli also joined the bandwagon. Kohli took to Twitter to pay his tribute to Mithali.
“A great moment for Indian Cricket, @M_Raj03 becomes the highest run scorer in Women’s ODI Cricket History today. Champion Stuff!,” Kohli tweeted.
A great moment for Indian Cricket, @M_Raj03 becomes the highest run scorer in Women's ODI Cricket History today. Champion Stuff! ??
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 12, 2017
Punam Raut, meanwhile, went on to score her second ODI century before being dismissed for 106. India ended their innings on 226 for 7 in the allotted 50 overs.