Twitter celebrates as Mithali Raj becomes the leading run-scorer in Women’s Cricket
The Indian skipper went past the 6000-run mark in record time with only 183 matches under her belt, where her average stands at 51.66 with the best score of 114*.
Updated - Jul 12, 2017 7:03 pm
India began the World Cup 2017 campaign on a high, with a win over the hosts England in the opening game of the championship. Then, they rattled out the next three oppositions and scored plenty of runs against Sri Lanka, West Indies and Pakistan.
The Indian team has only lost one game out of their five, with an impressive tally over the other teams. Smriti Mandhana was the usual aggressor in the batting line-up, with Punam Raut giving her good company at the top of the order. India’s top order is as strong as the top three ODI teams in Women’s Cricket- England, New Zealand and Australia. While Mandhana seemed to be hitting the ball out of the ground, with some impeccable timing and utmost concentration Mithali Raj at the other hand was slowly getting there.
The record, that was not too tough for the right-handed batter. The icy-calm and cool skipper knocked the ball around in the opening game of the competition to score 71 runs off 73 deliveries before following it up with a 43 against Windies. However, against arch-rivals, Pakistan Mithali faced a blip on her tally with only eight runs added to her tally of runs.
The record eluding her
However, the right-handed batter returned to form in the match against fellow Asian team Sri Lanka where she scored 53 runs off 78 balls, in a knock which consisted of four boundaries. The lowest point of her World Cup came in the defeat against South Africa, where she was dismissed for a golden duck; her first ever in ODI cricket.
It was only a matter of time before Mithali came back against Australia. In the on-going match against Australia, Mithali on her route to 69 runs, went past the English batter Charlotte Edwards as the leading run-scorer in International Cricket with 6,028 runs under her belt, while Edwards had scored 5992 runs in 191 innings.
The Indian skipper went past the mark in record time with only 183 matches under her belt, where her average stands at 51.66 with the best score of 114*.
Twitter went ballistic after Mithali Raj went past the 6000-run mark in Women’s cricket:
Wonderful to hear that @M_Raj03 has become the all-time highest run-scorer in women's ODIs. Congratulations!
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 12, 2017
A great moment for Indian Cricket, @M_Raj03 becomes the highest run scorer in Women's ODI Cricket History today. Champion Stuff! ??
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 12, 2017
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) July 12, 2017
— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) July 12, 2017
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 12, 2017
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) July 12, 2017
Highest run scorer in history and the first woman to get to 6000 runs! And yet another 50. #MithaliRaj you legend!
— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) July 12, 2017
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) July 12, 2017
Most runs in Test: Tendulkar(IND)
Most runs in ODI: Tendulkar(IND)
Most runs in WODI: Mitali Raj(IND)
Most wkts in WODI: Jhulan Goswami(IND)
— Dharmendra Pant (@DMPant) July 12, 2017
NEW WORLD RECORD!
— ICC (@ICC) July 12, 2017
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) July 12, 2017
? Highest run-getter in ODIs
? First Woman to 6⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ runs
? 4⃣9⃣ half-centuries
Some world record for #MithaliRaj
— Mayanti Langer (@Langer_Mayanti) July 12, 2017
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) July 12, 2017