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ICC WOMEN'S WORLD CUP, 2017 - Mithali Raj sets unprecedented record
Jun 25, 2017
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 ICC WOMEN'S WORLD CUP, 2017


Mithali Raj sets unprecedented record, closes in on another


Mithali Raj has made it a habit now. As India marched on to their highest-ever total in and against England in their Women's World Cup opener, their skipper made a few entries in cricket's record books too.

 

Casually snapped indulging in her favourite habit of reading a book in the make-shift dugout near the boundary line, Raj looked her usual calm self before her knock took the cricketing world by storm. Coming in to bat at No. 3, when India were cruising at 144 for 1, Raj built on the solid platform by the openers and notched up a 50-pus score in her seventh consecutive outing, setting an unprecedented record in women's ODIs.

 

The 34-year-old went past England's former captain Charlotte Edwards, and Australian duo Lindsay Reeler and Ellyse Perry's previous best of six on the trot.  Raj's streak started with an unbeaten 70 off just 62 deliveries in the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier against hosts Sri Lanka in Colombo in February. This was followed by a string of healthy contributions every time the captain walked out with her willow. Her last seven scores read - 70*, 64, 73*, 51*, 54, 62* and 71 in today's game that set up India's 35-run win thus snapping a six-match winning streak the hosts had over India coming into this contest.

 

Not surprisingly, only one of these knocks have come in a losing cause - the time South Africa managed to end India's 16-match unbeaten streak in the quadrangular series in May. The Indian captain now stands 141 short of the overtaking Edwards' tally of 5992 to become the all-time leading run-scorer in women's cricket.

 

But that isn't all. Raj's half-century today was the 47th of her ODI career - another all-time record that she created today. Once again, it was Edwards's record that took a beating. Raj also tops the list of most fifties against England - 16 - while the next best amongst the current cricketers is Alex Blackwell's six.  "It feels nice to get runs under your belt. It feels nice to get those runs for the team and the team does well in the World Cup. And I hope I continue to do that in the coming games," Raj said on her run-making spree after the game.

 

Don't be surprised if in a few days' time you read another first against her name. The 34-year-old is only 148 away from being the first to the scale the 6000-run peak in women's history. Way to go, captain!

 

Courtesy : cricbuzz