IND vs PAK: Mithali Raj scripts incredible World Cup record in Pakistan game, equals Sachin Tendulkar's elusive feat
Mithali achieved an incredible feat in their Women's World Cup opener against Pakistan at the Bay Oval
India captain Mithali Raj on Sunday achieved an incredible feat in their Women's World Cup opener against Pakistan at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, while also equalling the record previously held by Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
Talking the field on Sunday, Mithali became the first women's cricketer to feature in six different Women's World Cup tournaments. She made her maiden World Cup appearance in 2000, before playing in 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017 and now in 2022. She surpassed former New Zealand cricketer Debbie Hockley and Charlotte Edwards of England. Meanwhile, Jhulan Goswami, her teammate, stands second on the list with five World Cup tournament appearance.
The only other Indian cricketer to feature in as many World Cup matches remains Sachin, who featured in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011 men's ODI World Cup. Overall, three cricketers have achieved this elusive feat with Pakistan great Javed Miandad being the other.
India won the toss and opted to bat against Pakistan.
"It's a good wicket to bat. put up a big total and put pressure on them. We're going with three seamers and three spinners. We want to go into the tournament with a clean slate, take some momentum from the last game which we won against New Zealand. The hunger to do well in WCs has kept me going," said Mithali after winning the toss.
India own an unbeaten record against Pakistan in women's ODIs, winning all their 10 matches, in convincing fashion. Three of those matches were in Women's World Cups.
"We wanted to bowl first, we now need to restrict them. We are going into the match with five bowlers. We have had a good warm-up, so we need to continue playing like that. I'm blessed to be back doing what I love, and getting some real support from the entire team," Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof at toss.