India women’s national cricket team star Mithali Raj broke the record for scoring the most runs in women’s cricket after scoring an unbeaten 75 in the third ODI against England women on Saturday.
Mithali has now scored 10,377 runs in international cricket, going past former England women skipper Charlotte Edwards who registered 10,273 runs in her 20-year career.
Earlier this year, Mithali became the first cricketer to register 7,000 runs in women’s ODI cricket. Furthermore, she also became just the second cricketer, after Edwards, to aggregate 10,000 runs in international cricket and also hit 6,000 runs as captain.
Mithali Raj is the top run-getter for India women in ODIs and T20Is, with a tally of 7,304 runs and 2,364 runs, respectively. Former all-rounder Sandhya Agarwal leads the charts in the Test format with 1,110 runs from 13 matches. In contrast, 38-year-old Mithali has hit 669 runs in 11 games.
While Mithali, India women’s cricket team captain in Tests and ODIs, tops the charts in the 50-overs format, she is preceded by England’s Janette Brittin in Tests (1,935 runs) and New Zealand all-rounder Suzie Bates in T20 Internationals (3,301 runs)
Mithali Raj, an Arjuna Award winner, made her international debut against Ireland on June 26, 1999, at the age of 16 years and 205 days. She graced the occasion with an unbeaten knock of 114 and is one of the five women cricketers to score a century on debut.
Most runs in women’s cricket (international)
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