When an Indian earns global recognition, it’s a proud moment for the entire country, but when an Indian woman corners global glory with her achievement, it is also a moment of reckoning for an average Indian woman.

Mithali Raj brought such a moment of crowning glory for the country when she achieved the distinction of scoring 10,000 runs in international cricket. The 38-year-old India Women’s captain achieved the rare feat during her 36-run knock against South Africa Women’s in the third ODI in Lucknow.

Mithali is the second women’s cricketer who could be able to achieve this goal. The 10,000-run barrier was first breached by former England captain Charlotte Edwards in women’s international cricket.

With this Mithali Raj has 10,001 runs to his name in international cricket. Her score is 6,974 runs that of T20I and Test cricket is 2,364 and 663 runs respectively.

The Rajasthan-born gutsy cricketer has scored 9 hundreds that included 1 in Test and 7 in ODIs and 59 fifties including 4 in Tests and 54 in ODIs. She averages 50.64 in ODI cricket. She is followed by Suzie Bates of New Zealand with 7,849, West Indies’ Stefanie Taylor with 7,849 and Australia’s Meg Lanning with 6,900 in the list.

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The opinion expressed in the article is of the writer. Writer is a freelance journalist/journalist based in Delhi

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