Mithali Raj becomes first woman cricketer to score 7,000 ODI runs

India, March 14: After becoming the only second women’s cricketer to 10,000 international runs during the third ODI of the five-match series against South Africa earlier this week, India women’s cricketer Mithali Raj reached another milestone on Sunday.

The Indian captain became the first women’s cricketer to reach 7,000 runs in ODIs. She achieved the feat in her 213th ODI.

Raj was also the first women’s cricketer to score 6,000 runs in women’s ODIs.

She made her international debut in 1999 and is the only women’s cricketer to play across four decades.

Despite having an incredible 22-year-long career, she is one of the select few batters in women’s cricketer to average over 50 in the fifty-over format. By the time of writing this copy, Mithali Raj had scored 7010 runs in 213 ODI at an average of 50.79.

This included 7 centuries and 54 half-centuries.

The second-highest run-scorer in ODIs is England’s Charlotte Edwards, who played from 1997-2016. She had scored 5992 runs in 191 matches.

Among current batters, New Zealand’s Suzie Bates is the closest to Raj, with 4548 runs in 125 ODIs.