Mithali Raj became the first Indian women cricketer to score over 10,000 international runs during her knock of 36 against South Africa in the 3rd ODI at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. Raj is second only to England’s Charlotte Edwards to achieve the feat. A pioneer in Indian cricket, Raj’s international career. which started in 1999 is the longest in men’s or women’s cricket only to be rivaled by the great Sachin Tendulkar’s incredible longevity. Mithali has 6974 ODI runs in 212 ODIs, 2364 runs in 89 T20Is, and 663 runs in 10 Tests. She averages over 50 in Tests and T20I while in T20Is, she averages 37.52
Here are some of the records set by Mithali Raj during her incredible career and en route to 10,000 international runs.
• She has scored 6974 runs in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), which is most for a women cricketer, She just needs to score 26 runs to reach the 7000-run mark. With this, she would become the first woman cricketer to score 7000 runs in the ODI.
• The Indian women’s team captain has led the national side twice to ICC ODI World Cup final – in 2005 and 2017.
• She has smashed 54 half-centuries in her ODI career, which is also the most by any women cricketer. This record of Mithali is followed by Charlotte Edwards of England, who has hit 46 fifties in ODIs.
• Mithali is the first women cricketer in India and seventh in the world to score a double century in Tests. She smashed 214 runs in 2002 against England in Taunton.
• She is also the first woman cricketer in the world to score seven consecutive fifties. These consecutive half-centuries came against Sri Lanka and South Africa.
• The India skipper made her debut in ODI at the age of 16 against Ireland in Milton Keynes in 1999. In that match, she scored a century, becoming the youngest female debutant to score a century in the white-ball cricket. She still holds this record.
• She is the first woman cricketer to play for more than 20 years and the only female player to have played more than 200 ODI matches.
• She had become the most capped female international cricketer in history of the game. Once again she surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards in the process when India took on South Africa in the second ODI at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium.
• She is also the first and only woman to play more than 200 ODIs
• She also holds the record for most consecutive appearances in ODIs without missing a game
• Currently, she has played 111 successive women’s ODI matches for India
• She was also the first Indian to score more than 2000 T20I runs and remains ahead of second-placed Harmanpreet Kaur, who has 2186 runs from 114 T20Is