Mithali Raj created a new batting record on Saturday as she became the leading run-scorer in women’s international cricket across formats, surpassing former England skipper Charlotte Edwards.
Raj and Edwards are the only two batters to reach the 10,000-run mark in women’s international cricket and the India captain climbed to the top by leaving behind Edwards’ tally of 10,273 runs.
In the third and final ODI against England, Mithali scored an unbeaten half-century, 75 not out, to hand her team a consolation win in the three-match series.
Mithali’s record knock helped India Women in chasing down the 220-run target with four wickets in hand. The match was reduced to 47 overs per side due to rain.
After being rewarded as the ‘Player of the Match’, Mithali said that she wanted to stay in the middle till the end and win the match for her team.
“I never gave up in the middle. It’s being in the middle, because you can’t win the match sitting out in the dugout. I wanted to win the game for the team,” Mithali said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Highest run-getters in International cricket:
Men's cricket – Sachin Tendulkar (34357 runs)
Women's cricket – Mithali Raj (10278* runs)
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) July 3, 2021
— Isabelle Westbury (@izzywestbury) July 3, 2021
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) July 4, 2021
Leader in every front 💪
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) July 3, 2021
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) July 4, 2021
What a champion @M_Raj03. Simply the best. So calm, so sure in a run-chase. No big celebration, no theatrics, just a job finished. Superstar of the game.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 3, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 3, 2021
38-year-old, Captain, run-chase, scored 75*(86), won the Player of the match, A day to remember for Fantastic Mithali Raj.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 3, 2021
Mithali Raj 🐐
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) July 3, 2021
Mithali Raj shows that in our excitement over young talent, we shouldn't lose patience with our experienced stars. Encourage youth but don't write off seniors, one of cricket's oldest lessons. @M_Raj03
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 3, 2021
This is the 1200th ODI match in Women's cricket.
Mithali Raj debuted in 298th ODI while Jhulan Goswami debuted in 382nd ODI. Both went on to play in the 400th, 500th, 600th ODI match as well.
— Krithika (@krithika0808) July 3, 2021
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) July 3, 2021