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Mithali Raj becomes the 2nd women to score 10K international runs

Mithali Raj

Indian skipper Mithali Raj is one of the finest batsmen to have ever stepped on a cricket field. She has represented India for over two decades and broke several records in the process. She added another feather to her already illustrious career as she became the second player to notch up 10,000 runs in women’s international.

Mithali achieved the feat during her 36 run knock in the third ODI against South Africa women in Lucknow. The knock took Raj’s tally to 10,001 runs in 311 games for India women. She made her ODI debut in 1999 and scored 6938 runs in 211 matches at an astounding average of 50.64. In the 10 Tests, Mithali has accumulated 663 runs in 10 games. She has a stellar record in T20Is as well and has scored 2364 runs in 89 games at a scintillating average of 37.52.

The 38 year old has scored 75 half centuries and eight hundreds for India in all formats. Apart from Mithali Raj, England legend Charlotte Edwards is the other batsmen to cross the 10,000 run mark in international cricket. Edwards has 10,273 runs in 309 games, with 67 fifties and 13 hundreds. Mithali could well become the highest scorer in women’s international cricket as she’s just 272 runs short of Edwards tally. The next best on the list is Suzie Bates, who’s scored 7849 runs in 247 games for New Zealand.

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