IND W vs SA W 3rd ODI: India women’s ODI captain, Mithali Raj on Friday became the first Indian woman to score 10,000 runs in international cricket, a milestone she achieved with her 36-run knock against South Africa Women in the 3rd ODI in Lucknow. She believes it is consistency that has been the key to the feat.
“When you play for this long, you go through different milestones. This being one of it, the key for me has always been consistency and I have always believed in scoring runs each time I go out to bat, whether it is domestic or international cricket,” Mithali Raj said at a virtual post-match press conference.
Mithali Raj reached the milestone on her 212th ODI and became only the second woman after former England skipper Charlotte Edwards’ 10,273 runs. However, after playing cricket for 22 years, is not bothered about the individual milestones. Instead, only if India could go on to win the World Cup, only then she could stand out.
IND W vs SA W 3rd ODI: ‘Consistency has been key for me’, Mithali Raj says after crossing 10,000 international runs
“As long as I get an opportunity to bat, it has to be counted and that has given me a lot of experience and exposure to working on my game over the years with the changing standards in the women’s game and trying to be relevant in the international circuit,” she added.
In her 22 years of experience, she has seen ups and downs and women’s cricket evolve. But with age, it has been tough going on for Mithali Raj. She now has to compete with teenagers in the team for a spot and staying relevant has become more important than ever.
“I think being relevant is going with the times, women’s cricket has evolved over the years. Scoring from a total of 150 to today it is 250. Teams are scoring 250 and about, you need to tune your game accordingly. I have not really given much of a thought to any of the milestones. One milestone which will truly stand out is if we go on to win the World Cup, that will always be very very special,” she said.
India lost the match by six runs on the DLS method after Lizelle Lee smashed 132 off 131 balls for South Africa. In response to India’s 248/5, the visitors posted 223/4 in 46.3 overs when the match was stopped due to rain. Lee was unbeaten on 132. Earlier, India sent to bat struggled to score runs. Thanks to Punam Raut’s 77 off 108 balls, India posted 248/5 in 50 overs at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Friday.