Another game, another milestone for Mithali Raj. During the fourth one-dayer of the series against South Africa on Sunday (March 14), the Indian skipper became the first woman to record her 7,000th international run in ODIs to further stamp her authority as one of the greats, if not the greatest, in women’s cricket.
Raj reached the amazing landmark when she struck the 26th run of her innings in Lucknow in the fourth game. During her knock of 36 in the third ODI on Friday, she had bagged a major record by becoming the first Indian woman and only second overall, to score 10,000 international runs.
Former England cricketer Charlotte Edwards was the first to get there and remains the highest woman run-maker internationally, with 10,273 runs, including 5,992 runs in ODIs.
Mithali Raj, 38, is not too far away from Edwards and will have her eyes set on becoming international cricket’s most prolific woman run-getter in the future.
The Indian batting stalwart made her debut in 1999 and has been around since.
Another match, another cricket milestone for @M_Raj03
The India captain becomes the first woman to score 7000 ODI runs.
She had become highest run-getter and breached the 6000 mark at the 2017 World Cup. She reached 10,000 international runs in the last match. pic.twitter.com/GFs8mjw1NN
— ZENIA D'CUNHA (@ZENIADCUNHA) March 14, 2021
Raj has now played 10 Tests, 213 ODIs and 89 T20Is for the country. She is averaging above 50 in both the traditional formats, besides 37.52 in the shortest version of the game.
Going as strong as ever, Raj would want to continue to break records with her bat and help India win the next year’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand. The quadrennial event in 2022 could also be her last international assignment.
Raj has been one of the legends of Indian cricket and deserves all the accolades that come her way.