Mithali Raj on Friday became the first Indian woman to score 10000 runs in international cricket across all formats. Mithali RRaj reached the milestone in the ongoing third One-day International (ODI) against South Africa in Lucknow.
Mithali Raj cross 10000 International Runs
Edwards, incidentally, is the only other woman to have scored 10,000 international runs. She made 10,273 runs overall, in a career that stretched from 1996 to 2016.
Mithali Raj has enjoyed an even longer career. Mithali made her international debut against Ireland in an ODI game back in June 1999. She now has 663 Test runs at an average of 51.00, 6974 ODI runs at 50.53, and 2364 T20I runs at 37.52.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) congratulated the champion cricketer. What a champion cricketer!
What a champion cricketer! 👏👏
First Indian woman batter to score 10K international runs. 🔝 👍
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 12, 2021
Speaking to the media ahead of the third ODI, India opener Smriti Mandhana had reflected on the significance of Raj reaching the milestone.
She has played 212 ODIs and smashed seven centuries and 54 half-centuries in the 50-over format.
Mithali, who represented India in 89 T20Is, announced her retirement from the shortest format of the game back in September 2019. Mithali has 17 half-centuries in T20Is with a top score of 97 not out.
Sachin Tendulkar Wishes Mithali Raj
“Getting to 10,000 runs first or second is a huge thing,” Mandhana said. “She is the first Indian to do that, so I think it is something that shows how consistent she has been throughout her career. We have looked up to her, definitely a very proud feeling for all of us in the team.”
Heartiest congratulations Mithali on completing 1️⃣0️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ runs in International Cricket.
Terrific achievement… 👏🏻
Keep going strong! 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/1D2ybiVaUt
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 12, 2021