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Mithali Raj: Queen of women’s cricket and also Twitter Emoji leader in World Cup

Mithali Raj, who recently became the leading run-getter in Women’s ODIs, has dominated the Twitter Emoji Leaderboard - becoming the most mentioned captain emoji during the ongoing Women’s Cricket World Cup.

cricket Updated: Jul 22, 2017 20:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Mithali Raj-led India will take on England in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 final on Sunday.(PTI)

Mithali Raj, playing her last World Cup, has smashed 392 runs in eight games at an average of 49 in the tournament so far. She is the leading run-getter for India in this edition. At the start of the tournament, she created a record for the most consecutive fifty-plus scores in women’s cricket and also became the leading run-getter in ODIs.

With so many records being broken by Mithali, she is ruling the women’s cricket world. Following her performance in this edition, the buzz is not only on the cricket grounds in England & Wales, but also on Twitter. The captain cool of @BCCIWomen - #MithaliRaj has dominated the Twitter Emoji Leaderboard - becoming the most mentioned captain emoji on Twitter during the tournament.

(Read | Indian cricket gears up for another historic moment in England, the sport’s home)

Indian cricket team stormed into the Women’s World Cup final with a 36-run win over Australia., thanks to a swashbuckling innings by Harmanpreet Kaur, whose 171* was the highest by a cricketer (male/female) in a knock-out match of an ICC World Cup event.

A teen sensation -- Mithali Raj was 16 years old when she scored her maiden ODI century -- she is the youngest centurion in the history of women’s One-day Internationals. No other player has scored a century in the format before turning 17.

(Read | India vs England, Women’s Cricket World Cup: History awaits Mithali Raj & Co.)

Here is the Twitter Emoji Leaderboard (Most used hashtag emojis during WWC17):

1. India: #MithaliRaj

2. South Africa: #DaneVanNiekerk

3. Pakistan: #SanaMir

4. Australia: #MegLanning

5. England: #HeatherKnight

6. West Indies: #StafanieTaylor

7. New Zealand: #SuzieBates

8. Sri Lanka: #InokaRanaweera

Commenting on this, Aneesh Madani, Head of Sports Partnerships, Asia Pacific, Twitter said: “It has been a thrilling Women’s Cricket World Cup on the field, and India’s impressive run to the final has supercharged the conversation on Twitter. Already, there have been eighteen times more Tweets with the official hashtag than the last Women’s Cricket World Cup! The Women’s Cricket World also became the first nation vs nation sporting event to have emojis of the captains as a special feature on Twitter.”

(Read | Mithali Raj’s ‘Hyderabadi Biryani’ on menu for England in women’s World Cup final)

Mithali Raj has dominated the leader board with eighty four percent of all captain emoji Tweets mentioning her hashtag #MithaliRaj.”

“With India playing a blockbuster final against England, expect a special, record breaking Sunday on Twitter”, he added. In a global first for women’s sport on Twitter, ICC introduced a Twitter emoji for each of the #WWC17 team captains:

India will take on England in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 final on Sunday and will be aiming to win their maiden title.

First Published: Jul 22, 2017 20:36 IST