'Mithali Raj shouldn't be compared to Sachin Tendulkar, she is an inspiration'

Randall Padilla
July 13, 2017

India now possess both the highest run-scorer and wicket-taker in women's ODIs, with veteran fast bowler Jhulan Goswami breaking Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick's wickets record in May this year. Mithali Raj has led from the front in this tournament so far and has scored 71, 46, 8, 53 and 0 in first five games while went past 50-run mark against Australia as well.

Raj's average in wins - the highest among 91 players with 500-plus runs in wins.

Now, in what she said to be her last World Cup, Mithali is chasing her biggest dream - to guide her team to title-triumph in England.

5 Centuries for Raj in ODIs, and she has been not out in all those innings.

Mandhana, who survived a top edge that landed fortuitously out of range of the fielders, edged behind to the wicketkeeper for her fourth single-digit score in a row.

In the domestic circuit, she plays for Railways. No other Indian women's player has more than two centuries in the format.

At the tender age of 17, Mitahli made her ODI debut in June 1999 against Ireland.

The 34-year-oldd Raj also surpassed former England batter Charlotte Edwards' record for most runs in women's ODI cricket.

En route her 49th ODI half-century, she also became the first batswoman to reach the individual milestone of 6000 runs. Punam Raut played well and scored 106 runs before caught off by Perry. Twice she had streaks of four consecutive 50-plus scores, in 2006 and 2010. During the first game of this World Cup, she completed a record of seven half-centuries in a row, a feat unparalleled in women's cricket while only Javed Miandad (9) holds the record in the men's game.

But that brought Raj to the crease, and she and Raut put on 157 runs for the second wicket before the subcontinent side fell away late on. The next highest such average is Meg Lanning's 69.38, against New Zealand.

The Indian skipper now has an average of over 51.

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