Mithali Raj has become the first Indian women cricket player and the second women player to score 10,000 runs in women's international cricket. She went past the mark during her innings of 36 in the third ODI against South Africa. She achieved it with a boundary off Anneke Bosch in the 28th over of her side’s innings during the ongoing third match against South Africa in Lucknow.
Mithali has scored 6974 runs in ODIs while in the T20Is, she has 2,364 runs to her name. She has also scored 663 runs from 10 Test matches. Charlotte Edwards is the only other woman to have scored 10,000 international runs. She made 10,273 runs overall, in her career from 1996 to 2016.
Mithali made her international debut against Ireland in an ODI back in June 1999 and has scored seven centuries and 54 half-centuries in the format. She now has 663 Test runs at an average of 51.00, 6974 ODI runs at 50.53, and 2364 T20I runs at 37.52.
She had announced her retirement from the T20 format of the game in September 2019. She has 17 half-centuries in T20Is with a top score of 97 not out.
Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar tweeted “Heartiest congratulations Mithali on completing 10000 runs in International Cricket. Terrific achievement… Keep going strong!”
BCCI secretary Jay Shah called the India captain an “absolute legend”. The Board also congratulated the veteran cricketer on achieving the milestone.