Mithali Raj surpasses Charlotte Edwards to become most capped female international cricketer in history  |  Photo Credit: Instagram
- Team India skipper Mithali Raj has become the most capped female cricketer
- Mithali Raj surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards to achieve the special feat in ODI cricket
- Mithali Raj-led Team India thrashed South Africa by 9 wickets in the 2nd ODI on Tuesday
Legendary Indian cricketer Mithali Raj has added another feather into her already illustrious crown on the international circuit. Regarded as one of the best players of the white-ball in women’s cricket, Mithali reached new heights in her iconic One Day International (ODI) career when India women’s team locked horns with South Africa in the 2nd match of the ongoing bilateral series at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Mithali became the most capped female player in the history of international women’s cricket by recording her 310th appearance for the Asian giants against the Proteas. The ODI skipper of the Women In Blue has played 10 Tests, 211 ODIs, and as many as 82 T20Is for Team India. Mithali, who made her international debut for India in 1999 against Ireland, has surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards to become the most capped women’s player on the international circuit.
A name that needs no introduction, Mithali holds several records in women’s cricket and the Indian ODI skipper had also set her sights on another milestone achievement on Tuesday. Arriving into the 2nd ODI of the ongoing bilateral series between India W and South Africa W at Lucknow, Mithali only required 35 runs to join Edwards in a special list of women’s cricketers.
However, Mithali did not receive a chance to bat as India registered a comfortable win to bounce back in the ODI series. For the record, Mithali needs 35 runs to join the list of women’s cricketers who have amassed 10,000 international runs.
Talking about the match, Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut’s contrasting knocks powered India to a comfortable nine-wicket win over South Africa in the 2nd ODI. While Mandhana scored a sublime 64-ball 80, Punam remained unbeaten on 62 off 89 balls as India thrashed South Africa to level the five-match ODI series 1-1 at Lucknow.