She did what no Indian cricketer has on the cricket field. The second highest run scorer in the world of women’s cricket, Mithali Raj, added another feather to her illustrious cap on Saturday, by scoring an unbeaten 71 to take the Women in Blue over the line against England in the ongoing Women’s Cricket World Cup.
Mithali became the first woman cricketer to clinch seven consecutive 50-plus scores in the format; a feat no Indian player, male or female, has ever achieved in the history of the game. Rahul Dravid’s five consecutive ODI fifties is the best among Indian cricketers; he stands at 16 in the all-time list of cricketers to have scored most consecutive fifties. Pakistani legend Javed Miandad tops the list with most number of back-to-back ODI fifties at nine. Mithali is just two fifties away from equalling Miandad’s all-time-record.
All of India will be hoping that Mithali will continue in the same vein and break Miandad’s record and brings home the World Cup.
Mithali reads before going in to bat…
Skipper of Indian women’s cricket team Mithali Raj gave other cricketers some serious coolness goals on Saturday. Before taking guard in the match against England and knocking 71 off 73 balls, the 34-year-old was spotted reading a book while waiting for her turn to bat. Someone on a social media site pointed out that the tile of the book is Essential Rumi. Though we aren’t sure about that, soon after humbling England on home turf by 35 runs, the Arjuna awardee tweeted “Well it was a pefect weather for a relaxing read”. How cool is that!