Indian skipper, Mithali Raj, on Wednesday broke the record of highest run scorer in women’s one-day international cricket when she scored her 34th run off Ellyse Perry in the ICC Women’s World Cup match against Australia in Bristol.
Raj went past the previous record of 5992 runs set by England’s Charlotte Edwards. Raj has so far played 183 games and took 164 innings to reach the feat, 16 less than Charlotte Edwards. During the innings Raj also became the first ever woman cricketer to touch the 6000-run mark.
Raj reached the 6000-run milestone in style after hitting a huge six off Kirsten Beams. She got out at a score of 69 runs off 114 deliveries and now has a total of 6028 runs in 183 innings which include 5 centuries and 49 half centuries.
Co-incidentally the record for highest wickets in women’s cricket is also held by an Indian bowler Jhulan Goswami with 189 wickets.
Recently a picture of Raj went viral on social media where she was seen completely immersed in reading a book while she waited for her turn to bat against England.
During a pre-tournament press conference Raj was asked to name her favourite male cricketer. She shut the reporter down by replying “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is? I have always been asked who’s your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is.”
BCCI acting president C.K. Khanna congratulated Raj on her achievement. “I on behalf of BCCI congratulate Mithali Raj, Indian women’s team captain on her spectacular achievement. Mithali Raj showed her class in her early days of International career by scoring century in her One-Day International debut in 1999. Mithali Raj has a record for most consecutive fifties by an international women cricketer,” Khanna said.