Swinging the bat with the same electric energy, playing the third one-day international against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Friday, Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj became the first woman to have played 200 ODIs in her lifetime.
Mithali Raj holds the records of having unmatchable batting streaks, most capped woman cricketer and being the highest run-scorer in ODIs, but now, she has become the only and the first woman in world to have played 200 ODI matches. Playing against New Zealand on Friday, Mithali could not make a significant impact in terms of score on her 200th ODI match, as she scored just 9 off 28 balls, and India was bowled out at 149 against the kiwis. But Mithali had other records to mark of being featured in 200 ODIs of all the 263 that Indian women have ever played.
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For the 35-year-old cricketer, besides her skills, the longevity in her career for two decades, is what has stood out to make her successful. For she is the one with the longest international career that any female cricketer has ever had – with 19 years, 219 days and counting. With the length of her career, Mithali is also the fourth-highest in terms of international career if we count the men too – with just Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya and Javed Miandad ahead.
And that is not if about the beaming achievements of Mithali’s career as she has led India as skipper 123 times, more than any other captain in the women’s ODI. The two decades of her cricket life is studded with 6613 runs, which include 7 hundreds and an incredible 52 fifties, the most recent of which she scored in the second ODI against New Zealand on Thursday. Perhaps Mithali Raj is, the female version of Sachin Tendulkar.