Cheers and applauds for the Indian woman cricket team echoed in a stadium at Bristol. Indian woman cricket team captain Mithali Raj, a 34-year-old star player from Jodhpur scripted a new success story today evening. Mithali scored 69 runs in 114 balls (1 six, 4 fours included) against Australia at the ICC Women’s World Cup in England. With this, she became the first leading run-getter in the history of women’s one-day internationals. The country is proud of Mithali’s latest accomplishments.
In case you don’t know who Mithali Raj is, here are 8 quick facts about her.
- After scoring her 34th run against Australia, Raj beat the record of Charlotte Edwards (5992 runs). She is the first woman to touch the 6000-mark in her 183rd ODI. She played 164 innings to beat Charlotte.
- After hitting a six at Kristen Beams’ ball, Raj scored 6028 runs, scoring 49 half centuries and 5 centuries in ODI matches.
- At the tender age of 17, Mitahli made her ODI debut in June 1999 against Ireland. She scored a match-winning century in the match.
- Until February 7, 2017, Mithali hit 7 consecutive half-centuries one after the other. The streak ended when her wicket fell at 46 runs in a match against West Indies in Taunton.
- At the age of 19, Mithali played her third Test match. On 17th August 2002, she broke Karen Rolton’s record. Rolton scored the highest test score of 209 (not out). Mithali chased the record, scoring 214 runs in a Test against England at County Ground, Taunton. Kiran Baluch of Pakistan broke this record in March 2004, scoring 242 runs against West Indies in a Match.
- She tops the woman’s batting table with 703 ratings. Not many people know that she is a part-time leg-break bowler too.
- She led the Indian cricket team to the finals at 2005 World Cup but eventually lost to Australia. In 2013, she became the top cricketer in the ODI chart.
- In 2003, Raj received the Arjuna award for her outstanding performance in cricket.
We wish her all the best for future endeavors!