Indian Women’s ODI captain and veteran batter Mithali Raj scripted history on Saturday when she overtook former English Captain Charlotte Edwards to become the highest run-scorer in Women’s cricket. She achieved this humongous feat in the India Women’s four-wicket win over England in the third and final ODI in Worcester.
In the rain altered match, India had to chase a target of 220 in 47 overs and India sealed the deal with 3 balls to spare. Mithali was the highest scorer of the match. She scored the highest 75 off 86 balls and received the player of the match for her knock. She got the milestone in the 23rd over of Indian innings.
To get to the first spot she needed just 12 runs and now she sits at 10,337 and behind her Edwards with 10,273 runs. Next on the prolific list is New Zealand’s Suzie Bates with 7849 runs, followed by West Indies Stefanie Taylor with 7834 runs and then Australia’s Meg Lanning with 7023 runs.
Interestingly she’s only the second player in women’s cricket to breach the 10,000 runs milestone.
Praising her the Indian coach Ramesh Powar said, “Mithali Raj deserves every praise in the world. She has been a fantastic servant of the game. 22 years of cricket and I think she is a role model for a lot of our girls”.
“She single-handedly won us the game. I can tell you, chasing 220 on a low-bounce track… she took us over the line,” he added.
Mithali, who made her debut for India at the age of just 16 years and 2015 days has had an illustrious career and has added many feathers in her hat throughout her 22 years old career. She is the most capped women’s cricketer in the world. She was also in ICC’s ODI team of the decade in 2020. She also led the Indian team to the finals of the Women’s World Cup in 2017 and was even the highest run-scorer of the tournament with 206 runs.