Veteran batter Mithali Raj on Sunday added another feather to her cap by becoming the first player to complete 7,000 runs in women’s ODI cricket. The Indian skipper reached the 7,000-run milestone in her 213th match, which was the fourth ODI of the ongoing five-match series against South Africa.
The 38-year-old, who made her international debut in 1999, was also the first player to score 6,000 runs in women’s ODI. England’s Charlotte Edwards, who retired from international cricket in 2016, is second the list of leading run scorers with 5992. Mitahli scored a 71-ball 45 before being dismissed by medium pacer Tumi Sekhukhune in the 38th over of the fourth ODI. She hit four boundaries during her stay in the middle. On Friday, during the third match, Mithali had become the first Indian player and only the second internationally to complete 10,000 runs across all formats. Despite having an incredible 22-year-long career, she is one of the select few batters in women’s cricketer to average over 50 in the fifty-over format. Raj had scored 7010 runs in 213 ODIs at an average of 50.79. This included 7 centuries and 54 half-centuries. Among current batters, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates is the closest to Raj, with 4548 runs in 125 ODIs.