Mithali Raj, the Indian cricketer has become the country’s first batter to score 2000 runs in T20 cricket tournaments. She got the feat during Women’s T20 Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka, held in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday only.
The talk of the town Mithali has overall scored 2015 runs in 74 T20 Internationals and has achieved 14 half-centuries. She has an average of 38.01 with a top score of 76, not out.
December 1982 born, the 35-year-old girl, scored 23 as India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in an important encounter. India suffered a shock defeat to Bangladesh in their previous match but put up a much-improved performance later. It restricted Sri Lanka to 107/7. They chased the target with seven wickets remaining and seven balls to spare.
Mithali is now known as the seventh woman batter to score 2,000 runs in T20Is. The list is topped by Charlotte Edwards (2,605), Stafanie Taylor (2,582) and Suzie Bates (2,515), all stalwarts of women cricket.
In men’s T20I, the top players include India’s Virat Kohli (1983). Martin Guptill (2271) followed by Brendon McCullum (2140) and Kohli is regarded as another one. The BCCI and ICC have congratulated Mithali on her big feat.
Mithali Dorai Raj, born on 3 December 1982 has graduated into an ace Indian cricketer. She is the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team in Tests and ODI. Usually known as one of the best batswomen India has, she has scored the highest run in women’s international cricket. She is known as the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in Women ODIs.
Mithali is known to be the first player to score seven 50s in ODIs, in a row. She is also credited with the record for most half-centuries in WODIs.
Raj is known as the only male or female captain to have lead the country in more than one ICC ODI World Cup final. She did it twice– once in 2005 and later in 2017.