India skipper Mithali Raj has become the highest run-scorer in women’s cricket across formats. Mithali achieved the feat surpassing England captain Charlotte Edwards during the third and final ODI against England.
India won the match while chasing a target of 220 runs, making it the first victory of the visitors on their ongoing tour of England. Mithali scored an unbeaten 75 in the match.
What Mithali Raj said
Following the victory, the Indian captain said she wanted to stay out in the middle and win the match for the team.
“I never gave up in the middle. It’s being in the middle because you can’t win the match sitting out in the dugout. I wanted to win the game for the team,” Mithali said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Mithali was full of praise for young all-rounder Sneh Rana who played a cameo to put India on the brink towards the back end of their chase. “We just needed one good partnership to take us through. I knew I could manage the game in the middle overs, but when you have young players you have to guide them.
“I have enjoyed chasing. I wanted to be there and win the game for the team, I picked the bowlers to attack and along the way guided Sneh Rana. It is always good to have an all-rounder in the side, she (Sneh) has been phenomenal for us throughout the series,” Mithali added.
Mithali, who needed just 12 runs to go past the tally, became the world’s most prolific batter in women’s internationals by overtaking Edwards’ 10,273 runs. Third in this prolific list is New Zealand’s Suzie Bates, who has scored 7849 runs in 247 matches.
She is followed by West Indies’ Stefanie Taylor, with 7834 runs in 256 matches. Capping off the top-five is Australia’s skipper Meg Lanning, with 7024 runs in 199 games.
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