Lucknow: India skipper Mithali Raj on Friday became the first Indian batswoman to cross 10,000 runs in international cricket. She also now ranks second in the world to achieve this magnificent feat. Mithali Raj's knock of 36 runs against South Africa in the third ODI on Friday took her career total to 10,001 runs at an average of 46.73.
India’s legendary player has so far bagged 6,974 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 50.53 while he scored 2,364 runs in T20Is at 37.52 and 663 runs in Test cricket at 51.00. The 36-year-old has also 75 half centuries and eight centuries on her name. Mithali is India's all-time highest run scorer in ODIs and T20Is and the fourth highest in Tests behind Sandhya Agarwal (1,110 runs), Shanta Rangaswamy (750) and Shubhangi Kulkarni (700).
Former England captain Charlotte Edwards was the only woman to have scored more than 10,000 runs in international cricket before Mithali. Edwards, 41, retired from international cricket in May 2016 and later retired from all forms of the game in September 2017. She scored 5,992 runs in 191 ODIs, 2,605 runs in 95 T20Is and 1,676 runs in 23 Tests.
The likes of Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Wasim Jaffer were among the few who took to Twitter to congratulate the Indian skipper.
(With inputs from IANS)