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Posted July 16, 2017

Rao, who sent a congratulatory message to Raj, said she made the country proud with her achievement, a release from his office said. In the previous game against Australia, Mithali became the leading run-getter in ODI cricket by overtaking England's Charlotte Edwards record of 5992 runs. She has crossed this landmark in a world cup group match against Australia women. For New Zealand, off-spinner Leigh Kasperek, who opened the bowling, was the most successful bowler with three wickets while pacers Hannah Rowe and Lea Tahuhu took two and one wicket respectively.

In a losing cause against England the other night, she picked up 4 for 51, and it is that ability to take wickets and show no fear for which her captain Suzie Bates is full of praise. India were 21/2 when Harmanpreet Kaur joined Raj in the middle. The 34-year old captain is now the first woman cricketer to have crossed the milestone of 6,000 runs in the 50-over format.

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India reached the World Cup final for the first time in 2005 under her leadership. In the last match of the day Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 15 runs. India has always had the problem that when faced with the crunch matches, the team does not necessarily step up.

Se further added, "It's interesting because in this tournament we've seen every game as a must-win and we've played like that". The Indian skipper rebuilt the innings along with Harmanpreet Kaur after India lost Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut cheaply. "That was what the team required me to do, even (though) as a batter I wouldn't have done that", she offered.

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Mithali also became the first player to complete 6000 runs in women's ODIs.

However, based on her early career to date and how she carries herself, a challenge is what she thrives on. In 12 innings this year, Mithali has scored 621 runs at an average of 77.62.

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