Mithali Raj, the bedrock of India’s batting line-up, broke the record for most runs in Women One-Day Internationals during the World Cup game against Australia, surpassing England’s Charlotte Edwards (5992), on Wednesday (July 12). Raj reached the glittering landmark when she punched an Ellyse Perry delivery to sweeper cover for a single in the 29th over. The veteran batter also became the first player in Women’s cricket to compile 6,000 ODI runs when she nudged one around the corner off Kristen Beams in the very next over.
Raj, who made her international debut at the age of just 17, against Ireland in 1999, immediately made an impact by scoring a hundred in her first game in national colours. Despite being one of the brightest prospects in the Indian ranks, she couldn’t make her mark in the Women’s World Cup in 2000-01 as she was hit by a bout of typhoid.
Before the commencement of 2013 Women’s World Cup in India, Raj was ranked the No.1 batter in the ICC rankings. However, under her leadership, the hosts crashed out of the tournament in the group phase.
Two years later, when India played their first ever Test in eight years (against England), Raj shone brightly by crunching a half-century to guide the tourists to their maiden victory against England in Women Tests. In the ongoing Women’s World Cup held in England, the India captain has again been in fine touch, notching up three fifties.