Mithali Raj, Indian women’s cricket team captain became the 1st Indian women cricketer and 2nd internationally to reach 10,000 runs milestone in International cricket (across all formats) on Friday, Lucknow.
The 38-year-old ODI skipper, has been playing international cricket for more than two decades. Mithali achieved the milestone with a boundary off Anne Bosch in the 28th over of India’s innings during the 3rd ODI against S.A.
“As far as I get an opportunity to play for India, it has to be counted. It has given me a lot of experience and exposure to improve on my game over the years. With the changing standards in women’s game I try to be relevant in the international arena” Mithali said.
According to Mithali, being consistent is more important to her than individual milestones.
“When you have spent such a long time in the field, playing for your country, you go through different milestones. This is one of them. For me consistency is more important than individual milestones. I have always believed in scoring runs for my country each time I go out to bat, be it a domestic or international cricket,” she said.
“Women’s cricket has evolved over the years. Teams are scoring 250 plus, you need to upgrade your game accordingly. I have not really given much attention to any of the milestones. But if we go on to win the world cup, that milestone will always be very very special for me.”
On the performance of the spinners, she said our spinners need to work on consistency. They will soon get back to the rhythm they had before the pandemic.
Congratulations, Mithali Raj 👏
A modern-day legend. pic.twitter.com/XyI89zWL47
— ICC (@ICC) March 12, 2021
“Our spinners are well experienced, it is not that they are young or unaware of the conditions. I am sure they will be on track in the coming matches.”
Mithali also stressed on having batters who can score quick runs in the last 10 overs.
“Well, we definitely need to have batters on our side who can accelerate runs in the last 10 overs. It is important that the batters play the last 10 overs. A settled batter will always be very helpful in those times. Players like Harman (Harmanpreet Kaur) and Deepti (Sharma) will soon come good in those 10 overs,” she added.
What a champion cricketer! 👏👏
First Indian woman batter to score 10K international runs. 🔝 👍
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) March 12, 2021
South African opener Lizelle Lee scored her career best 132. Her innings destroyed Indian’s chance of winning. Team India lost the match by six runs via the Duckworth-Lewis (DLS) method as the rain hit the 3rd ODI of the five-match series. South Africa is leading the series by 2-1.
On reaching such an amazing milestone, we extend our heartiest congratulations to the skipper. We hope for more such feathers in her cap.
A good health and future to our champion.
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