Kolkata: At 38 years and after having conquered sufficient peaks in ladies’s cricket to immediate the Bollywood plan a biopic on her, some other sportswoman should have hung up her boots. Not after all, in case you are a Mithali Raj.
Mithali, who had for lengthy held on to the file of being the best run-getter in ladies’s One-day Internationals, on Friday grew to become the primary Indian girl cricketer and solely second after England’s Charlotte Edwards to finish 10,000 worldwide runs throughout all codecs, which had the cricketing fraternity breaking right into a wholehearted applause.
Now solely the captain of the ODI facet, she achieved the feat with a boundary off Anne Bosch within the 28th over of India’s innings in the course of the third ODI towards South Africa in Lucknow.
The most important chunk of her runs, after all, got here from the ODIs (6974 runs from 212 ODIs), 2364 runs from 89 T20 Internationals and 663 runs from 10 Take a look at matches with a highest rating of 214.
Quickly after reaching the milestone of Friday, Mithali departed as she flicked a Bosch supply straight to Mignon du Preez at midwicket – scoring 36 runs off 50 balls together with 5 boundaries. The guests went on to win the rain-interrupted match by six runs on Duckworth-Lewis methodology.
One of many few elder stateswomen of the sport alongwith her lengthy standing colleague Jhulan Goswami, Mithali made her worldwide debut towards Eire in an ODI again in June 1999 and has scored seven centuries and 54 half-centuries within the format. Goswami, additionally 38, is the best wicket-taker in ladies’s ODIs with 231 wickets and the duo had been two of essentially the most inspirational figures within the sport which spawned the likes of present technology of saleable stars like Smriti Mandhanda, Harmanpreet Kaur of Jemimah Rodrigues.
Main the tributes on social media for Mithali was Sachin Tendulkar, the grasp batsman. “Heartiest congratulations Mithali on finishing 10,000 runs in Worldwide Cricket. Terrific achievement… Hold going sturdy!,” he mentioned.
Former Indian batting hero VVS Laxman mentioned the veteran is an inspiration for budding gamers. “Congratulations @M_Raj03 on changing into the primary Indian Girl Cricketer to attain 10Okay runs! You aren’t solely an excellent ambassador and a legend of the sport however you might have impressed a technology of cricketers to take up our sport. Pleased with you,” he tweeted.
Earlier, the Indian cricket board too congratulated her: “What a champion cricketer! First Indian girl batter to attain 10Okay worldwide runs. Take a bow, @M_Raj03.”
BCCI secretary Jay Shah known as the India captain an “absolute legend”. “Take a bow, @M_Raj03! What an achievement to be the primary Indian girl cricketer to surpass the worldwide 10,000-run mark. Absolute legend,” Shah wrote on his Twitter deal with.
IPL franchises Chennai Tremendous Kings and Mumbai Indians additionally congratulated the seasoned cricketer who, in her personal calm model, by no means shied away from making a stance within the face of any type of sexism within the sport. An distinctive one was when throughout India’s campign within the 50-overs ICC World Cup in England in 2017, she was requested about her favorite males’s cricketer within the Indian group. ‘‘Did you ever ask any of them as to who their favorite ladies participant was?’’ got here the repartee.