Mithali Raj becomes highest run-getter in women’s ODIs

Mithali Raj today created a world record by becoming the first player to cross 6000 runs

There’s a picture of Mithali Raj from the ongoing Women’s World Cup in England that has gone viral on social media. It showed the India captain completely immersed in reading a book on the sidelines, as she waited for her turn to bat.

Mithali did justice to her new-found mantle, by becoming first women to score 6000 runs in ODI cricket

Against Australia, Mithali surpassed former England captain Charlotte Edwards’s 5992 runs when she reached 34, thereby becoming the highest scorer in ODIs.

The 6000-run milestone was achieved with a huge six off leg-break bowler Kirsten Beams as she received a standing ovation from the Indian bench.

In her 18-year international career, she has gone from strength to strength, smashing one international record after another.

Earlier, she achieved the feat of scoring seven consecutive fifties in ODIs after she played a terrific knock against England in the World Cup last Saturday.

Apart from this, Mithali has also notched the maximum number of ODI half-centuries (49) by any woman cricketer.

The Indian team now have two current world record holders with pacer Jhulan Goswami being the leading wicket-taker in 50-over cricket.

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