Indian women's cricket team skipper Mithali Raj on Wednesday, July 12, surpassed former England captain Charlotte Edwards to become the highest run-scorer in the One-Day Internationals (ODI) at the Bristol County Ground.
Mithali achieved the feat during Wednesday's group stage match of the Women's World Cup against Australia here. She scored 69 runs from 114 balls in the match. Her innings was laced with four boundaries and one hit into the stands.
The Indian skipper now has 6,028 runs in 181 ODIs at an average of 51.37.
The 34-year-old is also the first woman cricketer to cross the milestone of 6,000 runs in the 50-over format. She has scored five centuries and 49 half-centuries -- her highest score being an unbeaten 114 runs against Ireland.
Earlier, Edwards held the record with 5,992 runs from 191 ODI matches with an average of 38.16. She scored nine centuries and 46 half-centuries during her career, her highest being an unbeaten 173 against Ireland.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Acting President C.K. Khanna along with Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli led tributes as India began celebrating the historic achievement of its supergirl.
"I on behalf of BCCI congratulate Mithali Raj, Indian women's team captain, on her spectacular achievement. Mithali Raj showed her class in her early days of international career by scoring a century in One-Day International debut in 1999. Mithali Raj has a record for most consecutive fifties by an international women cricketer," Khanna said.
Congratulations, @M_Raj03! Becoming the highest run scorer in Women's ODIs is a huge achievement. Also, superb knock today!— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 12, 2017
A great moment for Indian Cricket, @M_Raj03 becomes the highest run scorer in Women's ODI Cricket History today. Champion Stuff! ??— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 12, 2017
Wonderful to hear that @M_Raj03 has become the all-time highest run-scorer in women's ODIs. Congratulations!— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 12, 2017
Congratulations ! The high scoring, high soaring daughter of India - #MithaliRaj. Moment of Immense pride and joy— Praful K Patel (@prafulkpatel) July 12, 2017
Seen the growth of @M_Raj03 from the age of 10 to becoming the 1st women cricketer 2 score 6⃣0⃣0⃣0⃣ ODI runs! Proud of u Mithali?Keep it up?— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 12, 2017