Mithali Raj is hailed as one of the best cricketers to have ever graced the game as far as women’s cricket is concerned. The Indian skipper has a plethora of records to her name in international cricket. On Friday, she has once again etched her name in the record books after becoming the first Indian woman and only the second women cricketer in the world to have scored 10,000 runs in international cricket.
She achieved the feat in the ongoing third ODI against South Africa. She scored 36 runs off 50 balls, and in the process, went past the 10,000-run mark in international cricket.
Former Indian men team player, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar congratulated the women team captain on achieving the colossal milestone. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “Heartiest congratulations Mithali on completing 10,000 runs in International Cricket. Terrific achievement… Keep going strong!”
Mithali Raj has been part of the Indian Cricket Team for a very long time now. She made her ODI debut against Ireland on 26th June 1999. She has played as many as 211 ODIs in her international career in which she has managed to score 6938 runs at an average of 50.6. She has 7 centuries and 54 half-centuries to her name in ODI cricket.
Furthermore, she has played 89 T20 internationals, scoring 2346 runs at an average of 37.5.
Before the start of the match, only England cricketer Charlotte Edwards held the record for scoring 10,000 runs in international cricket. Overall, she has 10, 273 runs to her name in 309 games, including 67 half-centuries and 13 centuries. The next best on the list is New Zealand’s Suzie Bates, who has scored 7,849 runs in 247 matches.