Mithali Dorai Raj on Saturday became the leading run-scorer in international cricket across formats for a women cricketer. She went past England's Charlotte Edwards tally of 10,273 international runs. Mithali has now 10,337 runs in 317 matches. She achieved this milestone in the third and final ODI against England in Worcester, when she hit Nat Sciver for a boundary straight down the ground. Mithali Raj now holds the record of both: most capped women's cricketer in international cricket and most international runs across formats.
The only Indian women cricketer with 10,000 international runs
Raj is also the only Indian women cricketer and the second women cricketer with 10,000 runs across formats. Behind her is New Zealand's Suzie Bates with 7849 runs. West Indies' Stefanie Taylor is in the fourth position with 7834 runs and Australia's Meg Lanning is fifth in the list with 7024 runs.
When Mithali was asked about becoming the highest run-scorer in women's internationals, Raj said, "I'm just happy, thank you."
The cricketer with many records
Apart from this, Mithali has many records against her name. She is undoubtedly India's best batter across formats. She has also led India to the 2017 Women's World Cup final where India fell short by few runs. Mithali was also named in the ICC ODI Team of the decade last year.
With the help of her calculated and patient knock of 75 off 86 balls, India were able to secure a 4-wicket win over England. This was their only win in the series. Raj was also the highest run-getter in the series with 206 runs in 3 innings.
India lost the ODI series 2-1 to England after drawing the only Test. They will now play 3 T20Is starting from July 9.