Mithali Raj on Sunday became the first woman cricketer to score 7,000 runs in ODIs on Sunday during the fourth match against South Africa Women. Mithali, who is the current leading run-scorer in women’s ODIs, added another feather to her cap.
She went past the 7000-run mark during her partnership with Punam Raut in the ongoing fourth ODI in Lucknow. She had needed 26 runs to get to the landmark on Sunday. During the previous game against South Africa, she also became the first Indian women to score 10,000 runs in international cricket and second in the world.
Magnificent Mithali! 🙌🙌#TeamIndia ODI skipper becomes the first woman cricketer to score 7⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ ODI runs. 👏👏
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 14, 2021
Mithali was dismissed for 45 in the match by Tumi Sekhukhune. Mithali is well ahead of former England cricketer Charlotte Edwards in the women’s ODI run-scorers list. Edwards had scored 5992 runs in ODIs.
However, Edwards remains the leading run-scorer in women’s international cricket with 10,273 runs, but Mithali will have her sights set on that landmark as well.
Mithali Raj is playing her 213th ODI today and made her debut against Ireland women in 1999. The 38-year-old has scored 54 half-centuries, which is also a record amongst women cricketers and seven centuries, with her highest score being 125 against Sri Lanka in 2018.
Mithali, having represented India in 89 T20Is announced her retirement from the shortest format of the game back in September 2019. Mithali has 17 half-centuries in T20Is with a top score of 97 not out.