Mithali Raj on cusp of becoming leading run-scorer in women’s ODI cricket
Mithali Raj is 33 runs behind England’s Charlotte Edwards in the list of highest run-scorers in women’s ODI cricket. The India captain could take over the top spot when India take on South Africa in the ICC Women’s World Cup on Saturday.cricket Updated: Jul 08, 2017 15:27 IST
Mithali Raj has been scoring runs with ease, of late, and finds herself on the cusp of becoming the leading run-scorer in women’s One-Day International (ODI) cricket. (India vs South Africa scorecard)
The India captain needs just 34 runs to go past former England captain Charlotte Edwards to become the highest run-scorer in women’s ODIs and if she reaches a score of 41, the 34-year-old will become the first woman cricketer to cross the 6,000 run mark.
Currently, Edwards has 5,992 runs in 191 games while Mithali Raj has 5,959 in 181 matches.
The Jodhpur-born right-hander has been a model of consistency with 48 fifties and five centuries in her 18-year career, including a hundred as a 16-year-old on her ODI debut against Ireland.
If Mithali Raj achieves the feat against South Africa in the ICC Women’s World Cup game at Grace Road, Leicester, she will do so in 163 innings whereas Edwards took 180 innings to achieve her total.
This also reflects in Mithali Raj’s average which currently stands at 51.81 compared to Edwards’ 38.16.
She also broke another record in India’s opening game of the tournament against England on June 24.
She scored 71 which was her seventh consecutive fifty -- the most by any woman player in ODIs, bettering the previous mark of six jointly held by Lindsay Reeler, Charlotte Edwards and Ellyse Perry.
Mithali Raj has also scored 1,708 runs in Twenty20 Internationals at an impressive average of 37.95.
Apart from reaching her milestone, Mithali Raj will also look to guide the Indian women’s cricket team to the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup.
The omens look good with South Africa having never beaten India in three previous ICC Women’s World Cup matches.