Bristol: Indian women’s cricket captain Mithali Raj on Wednesday created history by surpassing England’s Charlotte Edwards to become the highest female run-scorer in ODIs.
The 34-year-old crossed the 6,000 run mark en route to her 114-ball 69 against Australia in a league match of the ongoing Women’s World Cup. Her knock, along with a spectacular 106 from opener Punam Raut helped India post a respectable total of 226-7 against the defending champions.
The Indian team remained unbeaten after the first four matches of the tournament, but lost their way during their match against South Africa, thereby suffering a 115-run loss.
Mithali Raj’s achievement was praised by some of the former and current Indian cricketers. Former Team India coach Anil Kumble, captain Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir took to Twitter to laud the right-handed batter.
Wonderful to hear that @M_Raj03 has become the all-time highest run-scorer in women's ODIs. Congratulations!— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 12, 2017
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
9-5-2017: Jhulan Goswami - became highest wicket-taker (189).
Today: Mithali Raj - became highest run-getter (5993*) in Women's ODIs#WWC17— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 12, 2017
Least innings to score 6000 ODIs runs among Indians:— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) July 12, 2017
136 V Kohli
147 S Ganguly
164 MITHALI RAJ*
167 MS Dhoni
170 S Tendulkar #WWC17
The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also expressed their happiness on the Jodhpur woman’s feat.
— ICC (@ICC) July 12, 2017
India will play New Zealand in their final league match on Saturday at Derby....