Mithali Raj Becomes Most Capped Female International Cricketer in History
India women’s ODI captain Mithali Raj added another feat in her illustrious career on Tuesday when she became the most capped female international cricketer in history of the game. Raj surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards in the process when India took on South Africa in the second ODI at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium.
Mithali, who made her debut for India in 1999 against Ireland, played her 310th game on Tuesday against South Africa as the hosts beat the visitors by 9 wickets to tie the five-match series 1-1. She has now played 10 Tests, 211 ODIsand as many as 82 T20Is for India across all the formats of the game. Charlotte, whom she overtook, played 309 games for England and retired in 2015. Charlotte had played 23 Tests, 191 ODIs and 95 T20Is for England.
The 38-year-old could have also added another feather to her cap but failed to do so because of a lack of opportunity. The right-handed batswoman needs 35 more runs to join an exclusive list of women’s cricketer to have scored 10,000 international runs. Only Charlotte (10,273) has scaled the peak so far. Mithali, till now, has scored 6938 runs from 211 ODIs (most in women’s cricket), 2364 runs in 95 T20Is and 663 runs from 10 Tests. Across all the formats, she has also registered eight centuries and 75 half-centuries — which is the most by any player in women’s cricket across all the formats.
Other records in her cap include the most runs in women’s ODIs with 6938, she is also the first and only woman to play more than 200 ODIs. She also holds the record for most consecutive appearances in ODIs without missing a game. Currently, she has played 111 successive women’s ODI matches for India. She was also the first Indian to score more than 2000 T20I runs and still remains ahead of second-placed Harmanpreet Kaur, who has 2186 runs from 114 T20Is.
The legend of Mithali will continue to grow and on Friday, when India take on South Africa in the third women’s ODI, the skipper would hope to surpass the 10,000-run mark barrier and add another achievement to her kitty.
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