Mithali Raj creates cricket history, becomes leading run-getter in Women’s ODIs
Mithali Raj created cricket history during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 encounter against Australia. She not only became the leading run-getter in ODIs, but went past 6,000 ODI runs, making her the first women cricketer to achieve the feat.cricket Updated: Jul 12, 2017 17:32 IST
Mithali Raj has been India’s premier player ever since she made her debut in 1999. Her exploits in the international stage in both Tests and ODIs have made her India’s premier player. The ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 in England has proven to be lucky for the Indian captain. (INDIA vs AUSTRALIA LIVE SCORE)
Mithali Raj started off her tournament in grand style as she created a world record by smashing seven consecutive fifty-plus scores, making her the first woman player to achieve the feat.
In the crucial game against Australia, Mithali Raj added yet another feather in her cap. When she scored 34 runs, the Indian skipper created history as she became the leading run-getter in ODIs, going past England player Charlotte Edwards’ record of 5992 ODI runs. The Indian skipper got to the landmark by punching Ellyse Perry to cover.
Mithali broke another record when she became the first player in the women’s game to reach 6000 ODI runs when she launched legspinner Kristen Beams over long on for a big six.
Here are some of the statistical milestones that Mithali has broken in her 18-year playing career
1 - Mithali Raj became the first women’s player to reach 6000 ODI runs. No other women’s player had achieved this mark. England’s Charlotte Edwards was the previous leading run-getter in ODIs with 5992 runs.
49 - Number of fifties by Mithali Raj in ODIs, which is the most by any woman player. Charlotte Edwards had the previous highest number of fifties with 46.
7 - Number of consecutive fifties Mithali Raj had scored before the world cup and during the tournament. This is a record streak in women’s cricket.
3 - Mithali Raj is only the second player in women’s cricket history to average over 50 in ODIs. The Indian skipper currently has an average of over 51. Australia’s Meg Lanning has the highest average of 54.12 followed by Ellyse Perry, who has an average of 50.
164 - Number of innings that has taken Mithali to achieve this feat. She has 48 not-outs to her name, which is the most in women’s cricket.