Indian women’s team skipper Mithali Raj went past 10000 ODI runs in the ongoing third game in Lucknow. Mithali became the only second women cricketer to get past the record in ODI cricket and the first Indian women’s cricketer. Prior to Mithali, it was England women’s cricket Charlotte Edwards who had achieved the feat. She scored 36 off 50 balls in the match and went past the record before being dismissed.
Mithali achieved the feat with a boundary against Anne Bosch in the 28th over of India’s innings. “What a champion cricketer! First Indian woman batter to score 10K international runs. Take a bow, @M_Raj03,” the BCCI tweeted.
Mithali Raj Gets To 10000 ODI Runs
What a champion cricketer! 👏👏
First Indian woman batter to score 10K international runs. 🔝 👍
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 12, 2021
Having made her international debut way back in 1999, the Indian captain’s career has spanned over two decades. She has become a role model for all aspiring women cricketers in the country.
With the series level at 1-1, South Africa Women won the toss and elected to bowl first. Punar Raut scored a gritty 77 as Harmanpreet Kaur and Mithali Raj scored 36 each. After a match-winning 80 in the second game, Smriti Mandhana fell for just 25 in the third game. India finally ended on 248/5 in 49.3 overs.
For South Africa, Shabnim Ismail took two wickets while all other bowlers picked one each. There were as many as 24 extras bowled by their bowlers.
Meanwhile, Mithali Raj scored a fifty in the first game in a losing cause. She is the senior-most player in the squad and has been constantly guiding the younger players in the squad. Along with her Jhulan Goswami is another veteran who is still playing for the country.
She has the highest ODI wickets to his name in the format. She added four more to his tally in the last game as she took four for 42 and bowled India to victory.