Mithali Raj overtakes Rohit Sharma as India’s leading T20I run-scorer
Mithali achieved the feat against Pakistan.
Updated - Nov 12, 2018 7:19 pm
Even as the Indian men’s team finished playing a T20I series against Windies and would now be heading to Australia for as many 20-overs fixtures, the women’s contingent is busy playing the 2018 Women’s World T20 in the West Indies. While Rohit Sharma and Co did exceptionally, the women’s team has churned out a couple of resounding performances against New Zealand and Pakistan.
Harmanpreet Kaur and Co are sitting pretty in the second position of the points table in Group B with four points. The Indian batswomen have been fabulous thus far. The captain became India Women’s maiden T20I centurion against the White Ferns. In the second encounter at Providence Stadium in Guyana against Javeria Khan’s troops, the 35-year-old Mithali Raj came to the party.
Mithali overtakes Rohit
She didn’t get a chance to bat against New Zealand, albeit India lost six wickets. However, she was sent to open the batting with Smriti Mandhana and the experienced campaigner didn’t disappoint by any means. She notched 56 runs from 47 balls with the help of seven boundaries. Her stand of 73 with Mandhana set the platform for India’s second win in the T20 mega event.
En route her 16th T20I half-century, Mithali also went past Rohit Sharma as India’s leading run-scorer in the 20-overs format. While the latter has 2207 runs from 87 matches at an average of 33.43, Raj boasts of 2232 runs in 84 matches at an average of 37.20. As far as India’s progress in the tournament is concerned, they are most likely to qualify for at least the semi-final stage.
Hence, Mithali would get to play a minimum of three matches in the championship. On the other hand, Rohit will play three T20Is in Down Under. Therefore, it would be interesting to see who among the two will end the year as India’s highest T20I run-getter. Nevertheless, the fact that both have been stalwarts and indispensable members of their respective Indian teams can’t be dismissed.