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Mithali Raj creates ODI history, becomes highest run-getter

13 July 2017

Indian Team Members: Mithali Raj (c), Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mona Meshram, Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Sushma Verma (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Nuzhat Parween, Mansi Joshi.

Live coverage of the ICC Women's World Cup continues on Sky Sports platforms this Saturday with four matches, including England against West Indies.

But Mithali, who had to choose between classical dance and cricket, preferred the latter and clearly has no regrets now. Apparently, Mithali also became the first female batter to cross 6000-run mark in ODIs.

She took two catches against England on Sunday and scored 40 despite being in discomfort, but said she is ready to play.

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Mithali Raj has been India's mainstay in the batting department since the time she made her debut in 1999. She scored nine centuries and 46 half-centuries during her career, her highest being an unbeaten 173 against Ireland.

Until February 7, 2017, Mithali hit 7 consecutive half-centuries one after the other. Highest run getter in women's ODIs.

Only the third player in the history of the game to average over 50.

After a slow start, Raj looked in danger of having to wait at least another few days for the record when she was given out lbw to Jonassen on 11. "Her longevity and resilence to carry on is an inspiration for both men and women", said Gavaskar. Not many people know that she is a part-time leg-break bowler too.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also expressed their happiness on the Jodhpur woman's feat.

In 2003, Raj received the Arjuna award for her outstanding performance in cricket.

"We've had a chance to learn from that and we will be better for the next game".

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Mithali Raj creates ODI history, becomes highest run-getter