The Indian Women Cricket team skipper, Mithali Raj has smashed new world records during the opening match of ICC Women’s World Cup. Batting first, India scored massive 281 runs with the help of Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, and Mithali Raj’s half-centuries. India won the match by 35 runs.
India captain Mithali Raj became the first woman cricketer to score seven consecutive fifties in One Day Internationals (ODIs) after she played a terrific knock against England in the World Cup on Saturday. She scored 71 runs. Apart from this, Mithali has scored 5852 runs in 178 games and is on course to become the first cricketer to reach 6000 ODI runs.
Mithali had earlier scored 70* (vs Sri Lanka), 64 (vs South Africa), 73* (vs Bangladesh), 51* (vs South Africa), 54 (vs South Africa) and 62* (vs South Africa). Mithali has scored fifty in every innings she has played since Feb 7, 2017. Not surprisingly, only one of these knocks has come in a losing cause – the time South Africa managed to end India’s 16-match unbeaten streak in the quadrangular series in May.
“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,” Mithali Raj said after the game.