One Day International (ODI) and India women’s Test skipper Mithali Raj became the highest run-scorer across all formats in women’s cricket. She surpassed England cricketer Charlotte Edwards’ 10,273 runs. As the captain and one of the key players of the squad, Raj was able to lead India to a four-wicket win in the 3rd Women’s One Day International (WODI) against England in Worcester.
At the beginning of the match, India was struggling to chase down 46 runs from the final 36 balls in their chase of 220. Fortunately, Raj anchored 75 innings from 86 balls followed by Sneh Rana’s quickfire 22 and left India on top. With this, the team only needed six runs from the final over.
‘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’, Raj said.
‘I just needed to get the partnership to take it to the last. That’s something that kept me going through the innings. I knew in the middle overs I could manage the game. When you have young players in the side, you need to guide them along, that’s a responsibility’, she added. As a part of one of the top cricket teams in the world, Raj is a solid player in cricket SRL bets.
However, the skipper attracted a lot of criticism for putting unfair pressure on the batters and scoring too slowly. Some spectators also said she is not quick between wickets. In return, Raj emphasized that she knows her game better than anyone and that she has enough power to push India to victory.
Raj’s success in cricket
Raj is a right-handed opening batswoman and an occasional right-arm leg-break bowler. She is also the only female to surpass the 7,000 run mark and holds the record for scoring the most half-centuries in WODI matches.
Believe it or not, Raj is the only female player who captained India in more than one ICC Cricket World Cup final. In 2019, she announced her retirement from Twenty20 International to focus on ODI.
‘After representing India in T20 internationals since 2006, I wish to retire from T20Is to focus my energies on readying myself for the 2021 one-day World Cup’, Raj said.
Aside from being the leading run-scorer in women’s international cricket, Raj is also the recipient of national and international awards. These are the Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer in the World (2017), Arjuna Award (2003), and Padma Shri (2015).
The Arjuna Award is annually awarded by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. It is also regarded as the highest sporting award in India. On the other hand, Padma Shri is the 4th highest civilian award given to individuals recognized for their contribution to several national activities. It can be through arts, medicine, sports, social service, and even public affairs.
At the young age of 14, Raj was also named as one of the probables in the 1997 Women’s Cricket World Cup. However, she did not make the cut because of her age. During her ODI debut in 1999 against Ireland at Milton Keynes, she scored an unbeaten 114 runs. When she made her Test debut in 2002, Raj surpassed Karen Rolton’s record by scoring a total of 214 runs.
Spectators also named Raj as the Lady Tendulkar of Indian Women’s Cricket because of being the lead run-scorer across all formats. With this, a lot of fans are looking forward to the team’s next matches under her captaincy. We can hope the odds will be on their side especially on the cricket SRL bets from various online sportsbooks.