It's a historic day for Indian cricket as Mithali Raj became the highest run-scorer in Women's one-day internationals during a ICC Women's World Cup match against Australia. The 34-year-old achieved the feat with a push towards the off-side in the 29th over, going past former England player Charlotte Edwards' record of 5,992 runs.
In the next over, Raj became the first player to score 6,000 runs in women's cricket with a six straight down the ground. To put into perspective, India now hold the record for most runs scored by an individual in both men's and women's cricket, as well as the record of most ODI wickets taken by a player in women's cricket — which is currently held by veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami.
Legend Sachin Tendulkar made 18,426 runs in 463 matches at an average of 44.83 while Raj's team-mate Goswami has taken 189 wickets in 160 matches at an exceptional bowling average of 22.13.
Compared to Edwards, Raj's scored her runs at a phenomenal average of 51. Edwards, who played a total of 191 ODIs, has a batting average of 38.
First to score 6000 runs
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Despite breaking two records in a span of one over, Raj did not display too many emotions as she was playing an important knock for her team in a crucial match. India lost Smriti Mandhana early on in the innings but she, along with opener Punam Raut, made sure the team got back to its feet.
Raj shared a 155-run partnership with Raut and was finally dismissed by Kristen Beams for 69. India is placed third on the table with four wins and one loss with the defeat coming against South Africa.