India’s most iconic women cricketer Mithali Raj has set another world record being emerged top rank captain in leading a team for the most number of times in ODIs in women’s cricket, as India beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets in the first match of the three-ODI series, last evening in Sri Lanka.
Manshi Joshi took three wickets for 16 runs as Indian eves bundled Sri Lanka out for 98 after being invited to bowl first. Smriti Mandhana then scored 73 not out off 76 balls to help India chase down the target in 19.5 overs. Indian women’s team is playing Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series and five-match T20I series. The second ODI of the series will be played on Thursday.
Mithali Raj, the veteran Indian cricketer, has now donned the captaincy hat in 118 ODIs. She moved ahead of former England skipper Charlotte Edwards who led her country in 117 ODIs. Under Mithali, India have won 72 ODIs while the Women in Blue have ended on losing side on a total of 43 occasions. Mithali has played 195 ODIs so far. The 35-year-old has also led team India to two world cup finals – 2005 and 2017 – in her career.
Mithali Raj had earlier etched her name in record books in last April at Nagpur, emerging as e the most capped player in women’s One-Day International (ODI) Cricket. Mithali (192) acheived the feat during the first ODI against the England women at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in NagpurShe had surpassed England’s Charlotte Edwards, who retired in September 2017 with 191 ODIs under her belt.
Later, she has become the first batter from the country to score 2000 runs in T20I cricket. She achieved the feat during India’s Women’s T20 Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur, in June, earlier this y ear. Shei is the seventh woman batter to score 2,000 runs in T20Is. An Arjuna Award winner, Mithali was also honoured with the Padma Shri in 2015, India’s fourth highest civilian award for her contribution to cricket.