Mithali Raj on Wednesday became the highest run scorer of all time in Women’s Cricket. The feat was achieved when she ran past 43 runs against Australia eventually eclipsing the record of England cricketer Charlotte Edwards’ 5992 runs in 191 matches.
Mithali not only surpassed this record but also became the first woman cricketer to surpass 6,000 runs. She already holds the record of consecutive half centuries(7) and also for the most number of half centuries(49).
Mithali who is the Captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team is referred as Sachin Tendulkar of Women’s Cricket and got angry when she was asked he question as to who was her favourite male cricketer.
Earlier, in the match, after losing two early wickets, India was put on test by Australia but the partnership of Mithali Raj and Punam Raut gave he much needed partnership. Punam scored 106 in 136 balls whereas Mithali scored 69 of 114 deliveries adding 157 for the 2nd wicket partnership in 37 overs. India ended with 226 for 7 and it was chased comfortably by Australian team with 29 balls to spare enabling them to book the place for semifinals in the process.
Australia thumped India with a 8 wicket victory with skipper Meg Lanning leading the front with 76 not out and Ellyse Perry with 60 not out. Beth Mooney (45) and Nicole Bolton (36) earlier gave the much needed start for the Australian team.