Mithali Raj becomes highest run-scorer across Formats in Women's International Cricket

On Saturday, Indian Women captain Mithali Raj leaped frog former England captain Charlotte Edwards to become the top run-getter in women’s cricket across all formats.

Mithali completed the milestone while chasing 220 for a consolation win in the third and last ODI against hosts England. In the 23rd over, the stalwart Indian batsman reached the half-century mark with a boundary down the ground off Nat Schiver.

Mithali has now surpassed Edwards’ 10,273 runs as the world’s most prolific batter in women’s internationals. Mithali struck an undefeated half-century of 75 not out to give the Indian women’s team their first win on their current England tour.

In a rain-affected match, Mithali’s knock helped India chase down the 220-run mark with four wickets in hand. Due to weather, the match was truncated to a 47-over battle.

The skipper stated after the win that she wanted to stay in the middle and help the team win the match.

“I never gave up in the middle. It is being in the middle, because you can’t win the match sitting out in the dugout. I wanted to win the game for the team,” Mithali said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Mithali lavished admiration on youthful all-rounder Sneh Rana, who cameoed to put India on the verge of completing their chase.

“We just needed one good partnership to take us through. I knew I could manage the game in the middle overs, but when you have young players you have to guide them.

“I have enjoyed chasing. I wanted to be there and win the game for the team, I picked the bowlers to attack and along the way guided Sneh Rana. It is always good to have an all-rounder in the side, she (Sneh) has been phenomenal for us throughout the series,” Mithali added.