Mithali Raj becomes highest run scorer in ODI

Posted July 13, 2017

Mithali was on a record-making spree as she became the first player in women's cricket game to have reached 6000 ODI runs when she launched legspinner Kristen Beams for a six.

The India skipper got to the landmark by punching Australia's Ellyse Perry to the covers in their ongoing ICC Women's World Cup group match at Bristol on Wednesday. For she is in a class of her own and widely called the Sachin Tendulkar of women's cricket for her phenomenal consistency at the highest level ever since she made her ODI debut in 1999 with a century against Ireland. Smriti Mandhana, especially, has had not produced an encore of her innings against England (90) and West Indies (106*).

Mithali replaced former England captain Charlotte Edwards who had scored 5992 runs. She was just 34 runs short of the record before India's 6th ODI in the tournament.

A win for Australia would release an enormous amount of pressure heading into the last game, but Lanning said her team feels there's no more importance on these matches as to previous ones. The International Cricket Council (ICC) also congratulated the India women's captain.

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Mitali Raj is not only a good One day or test player but also has also scored 1,708 runs in Twenty20 Internationals at an impressive average of 37.95.

However, Lanning insists the pressure on her side is no greater than what the other teams will be experiencing as the tournament starts to hot up.

The victor of Australia and India will secure a semi-finals spot, should England beat India.

"It's a World Cup so every game has an edge to it".

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India's second fifty came off 69 balls, the third off 51, and the fourth off 48.

As an eight-year-old, Raj reportedly loved to sleep.

After a slow start, Raj looked in danger of having to wait at least another few days for the record when she was given out lbw to Jonassen on 11.

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