NEW DELHI: India captain Mithali Raj scripted history on Wednesday as she became the all-time leading run-getter in women’s one-day internationals.
Mithali, who is leading India at the ICC Women’s World Cup in England, overtook Charlotte Edwards (5992) after scoring her 34th run against Australia in Bristol. The 34-year-old reached the landmark in her 183rd ODI, taking 164 innings – 16 less than Charlotte.
Mithali made her ODI debut against Ireland in June 1999, scoring a match-winning century boasts a 50 plus average. Starting from February 7, 2017, she hit seven consecutive half-centuries – a hot streak that ended when she fell for 46 against West Indies in Taunton at the ongoing world cup.
When she struck a six off Kristen Beams, she also became the first woman cricketer to 6000 ODI runs.
Incidentally, it’s an Indian bowler Jhulan Goswami, with 189 wickets, who is the all-time leading wicket-taker in women’s ODIs.