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*.

Mithali Raj
Mithali Raj, Captain of India. (Photo by Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

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:


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