Adding yet another feather to her cap, Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj became the first woman cricketer to complete 7,000 runs in her 213th match - the fourth One Day International (ODI) of the ongoing five-match series against South Africa. Raj is no stranger to fame. She was only 19 when in her third test, she broke Karen Rolton's (Australia) record of world's highest individual test score of 209 not out.
In the previous match against South Africa, Raj became the first Indian woman to score 10,000 runs in international cricket, and second globally. The match was in favour of South Africa, who won the game by seven wickets.
Raj is way ahead of England cricketer Charlotte Edwards, when it comes to women's ODI highest run-scorers list. Edwards, who retired from international cricket in 2016, had scored 5,992 runs in ODIs in a career spanning nearly two decades.
Edwards is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket with 10,273 runs. Raj has only a few runs to go, before she surpasses this record!
Raj’s record has been exemplary over the years, and there’s indeed no stopping. She has scored 663 runs from 10 tests, with a highest of 214 at an average of 51. In T20s, she has an average of 37.52, having scored 2364 runs from 89 matches. Her biggest strength is ODI cricket, where she has scored 6974 runs from 212 matches, including seven centuries and 54 fifties.
(Edited by Amrita Ghosh)