LUCKNOW: Veteran Mithali Raj was the first Indian cricket player and the second international on Friday to complete 10,000 runs in all formats.
The 38-year-old Mithali, who heads the Indian ODI team, is moving to the elite club with the Englishwoman Charlotte Edwards. Mithali achieved the feat with a limit ahead of Anne Bosch in the 28th over India’s innings during the third ODI against South Africa here.
“What a champion cricketer! First Indian batsman to score 10k international runs. Take a bow @ M_Raj03,” tweeted the BCCI.
What a champion cricketer! 👏👏First Indian batsman to score 10km international runs. 🔝 👍 Take a bow, @ M_Raj03… https://t.co/yjVjLqJdIc
– BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) 1615527223000
But after Mithali had reached the milestone, he went to the next ball and shot a Bosch delivery directly to Mignon du Preez in Midwicket.
She made 36 runs with 50 balls and hit five limits in the process.
Mithali has accumulated 663 runs in 10 test matches with a top grade of 214 while she has 6938 and 2364 runs from 212 ODIs and 89 T20 Internationals, respectively.
Hit legend Sachin Tendulkar Mithali Raj on collecting 10,000 runs in international cricket.
“Congratulations to Mithali on completing 10,000 runs in International Cricket. Great achievement … keep it up!” Tendulkar tweeted.
Congratulations Mithali on completing 1️⃣0️⃣, 0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ runs in International Cricket.Terrific Achieveme… https://t.co/IsRYEK4L7S
– Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1615530953000
Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer also joined Tendulkar to wish Mithali her performance.
Jaffer wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations on getting 10,000 international runs on M_Raj03. Great performance, testament to your fitness, skill and commitment to the game.”
Congratulations on reaching 10,000 international runs @ M_Raj03 Great performance, proof of your fitness … https://t.co/5kLk1mFs2U
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) 1615528196000
The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises also congratulated the Indian ODI skipper.
“Congratulations to @ M_Raj03 on completing 10,000 runs in international women’s cricket. She is the first Indian woman to pass this milestone!” Mumbai Indians tweeted.
Congratulations to @ M_Raj03 on completing 10,000 runs in international women’s cricket. She is the first Indian … https://t.co/uAaXnITMy0
– Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) 1615530392000
“Mithali Raj has made us all proud since 1999! Mithali Raj is the first Indian batsman to cross 10,000 runs in international cricket,” tweeted Punjab Kings.
Mithali RAJ – ruling the cricket world since 1999 omesBecome the 1st 🇮🇳 woman & 2nd overall to complete 10000 ru… https://t.co/WRLYGPz1oO
– Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) 1615532769000
Rajasthan Royals posted a photo of Mithali and wrote, “This is a Mithali Raj appreciation tweet.”
This is a Mithali Raj appreciation tweet. 💗👏 # indwvsSAw https://t.co/IXS1Fvtbpv
– Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) 1615532522000
Kolkata Knight Riders wrote: “ODI Skipper @mithali breaks another milestone and is only the second player after Charlotte Edwards to collect 10,000 runs in women’s cricket. What a champion! #Cricket #INDWvSAW.”
ODI-Skipper @mithali breaks another milestone and becomes only the second player after Charlotte Edwards to … https://t.co/B5kyXhOAKx
– KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) 1615532600000