India women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj on Friday became the first woman cricketer from the country and only the second overall to score 10000 international runs across formats of the game.
Playing in her 212th ODI for India, Mithali reached the landmark during the third bilateral match against South Africa, with a boundary off medium-pacer Anne Bosch before getting dismissed (36) the very next ball.
The 38-year-old right-handed batter has scored 6,974 runs in 50-overs cricket at an average of 50.53 while amassing 2,364 runs in T20Is at 37.52 and 663 runs in Test cricket at 51.00. She has registered 75 fifties and eight hundreds to her name.
Mithali is only behind former England captain Charlotte Edwards in terms of the overall leading run-scorer in women's international cricket. Edwards has accumulated 10273 runs from 309 matches with 67 half-centuries and 13 tons.
Here's the list of leading run-getters in Women's International cricket across formats
|Suzie Bates||New Zealand||247||7849|
|Stafanie Taylor||West Indies||234||7816|
Meanwhile, Twitterati congratulated Mithali on reaching the incredible career landmark.
Heartiest congratulations Mithali on completing 1️⃣0️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ runs in International Cricket.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 12, 2021
Terrific achievement... 👏🏻
Keep going strong! 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/1D2ybiVaUt
Congratulations, Mithali Raj 👏— ICC (@ICC) March 12, 2021
A modern-day legend. pic.twitter.com/XyI89zWL47
Congratulations @M_Raj03 on becoming the first Indian Woman Cricketer to score 10K runs! You are not only a great ambassador and a legend of the game but you have inspired a generation of cricketers to take up our sport. Proud of you👍🤗 #INDWvSAW @BCCI pic.twitter.com/WHwe9qws15— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 12, 2021
10000 international runs for @M_Raj03 what a player! While she couldn’t convert today she has steadied the innings and yet again it is a handy contribution. Well played skipper.— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) March 12, 2021
What a true champion @M_Raj03!— Suhail Chandhok (@suhailchandhok) March 12, 2021
A debut in 1999 means 10,000 runs across 4 different decades at the highest level & the first #Indian woman to get there! Great ambassador of sport, fine leader & an inspiration for young girls & boys - LONGEVITY!🏏👏🏽@Paytm #INDWvSAW #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/TJ29w8j1uW
Longest ODI careers:— Annesha Ghosh (@ghosh_annesha) March 7, 2021
22 years and 91 days: Sachin Tendulkar
21 years and 254 days*: MITHALI RAJ
21 years and 184 days: Sanath Jayasuriya
20 years and 272 days: Javed Miandad#INDvSA | #INDWvsSAW | 📷 Getty pic.twitter.com/Ere6fzwbN2
Feature image courtesy: Twitter/ChennaiIPL