Mithali Raj
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Team India Women’s team captain Mithali Raj rewrote history and became the first female cricketer to score 6,000 runs in ODI cricket during her knock against Australia in the Women’s World Cup at the County Ground in Bristol. The skipper has undoubtedly been India’s pillar in the batting order and her record is just a sheer proof of her credentials.

Coming into this all-important match against the Aussies, Raj was just 34 runs short of going past Charlotte Edwards as the leading run-scorer in women’s cricket and she did it in style. She was weary a bit during the initial phase of her innings and was troubled quite a few times by the Aussie bowlers but she kept her composure and proved her worth yet again.

Raj went past Edwards in the 29th over by taking a single of Elysse Perry and then came dancing down the track in the very next over of Kristen Beams to smash her for a huge six to become the first female cricketer to notch up 6,000 runs in ODI cricket. She has been a stalwart in the team for years and her strokeplay is getting better and better with each passing day.

After registering a nought in the previous match against South Africa, she would have been under severe pressure coming into the match and it showed in the way she played the first few balls. After getting through the initial phase she started gaining in confidence and notched up yet another half-century in her illustrious career.

Meanwhile, the Indian Women’s team has been on song in this tournament so far and have just lost a solitary match to the Proteas in the previous encounter. The star-studded batting line-up has come good on almost all the occasions. Both the openers have shown their mettle. While Smriti Mandhana has a century and a well composed 90 to his name, her partner Poonam Raut has also played pretty well and has been her perfect fiddle.

India needs to win their remaining two encounters to book their place in the semi-final and even a win in any of these two matches might still prove to be enough. After a brilliant start to the tournament, they will surely look to end on a high and book their place in the semis.

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