Indian One Day International skipper Mithali Raj on Friday became the first Indian women cricketer to reach the milestone of 10,000 runs in international cricket. The 38-year-old achieved the feat during the ongoing third ODI match against South Africa Women in Lucknow.
Mithali played a knock of 36 runs out of 50 balls at Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in the third ODI. She departed on just the next ball after reaching the milestone after getting trapped by Anne Bosch in 28th over.
Mithali is the only second player to have aggregated over 10,000 international runs across all formats and only behind England’s skipper Charlotte Edwards. Edwards was the first woman cricketer to achieve the milestone and still holds the record for the highest runs across all formats with 10,273 runs.
Mithali Raj now has 6974 runs in ODIs after getting bowled on 36 runs in the third ODI. It implies, she is only 26 runs shy of reaching 7000 odd runs in the One Day Internationals.
Besides, she has 663 runs in 10 Test matches, and 2364 runs in T20Is at an average of 37.52. Team’s vice-captain Smriti Mandhana had praised the skipper for her success in the international cricket.
The ODI series is currently levelled at 1-1 after the Indian team bounced back in the second ODI after restricting the visitors on just 157 runs and chasing down the target within 29 overs.