Indian skipper Mithali Raj on Wednesday created history by becoming the leading run-getter in Women’s ODIs. She became the topper by her performance in India's ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 match against Australia.
She is the first woman cricketer to score over 6000 career runs.
Raj broke the record held by England’s Charlotte Edwards who scored 5992 runs in 191 matches at an average of 38.16. She crossed 6000 runs in just 182 ODIs.
The Indian captain who started her career in 1999 against Ireland has a total of five centuries and 49 half-centuries to her name.
So far she has scored 71, 46, 8, 53 and 0 for the country in five matches against England, West Indies, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa. While India won all matches she scored fifty, India lost in the match she could not score.
Raj, before the beginning of Women's World Cup, has said that the women cricket players are not getting attention in the country.
On the eve of the Women's World Cup, when she was asked who her favourite men's cricketer was between India and Pakistan, she replied: "Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is?"
"I have always been asked who's your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is," she told media.
The skipper also pointed out that the Indian women do not receive the same amount of publicity as compared to their male counterparts in a cricket-crazy nation like India.
"There's a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised and social media has improved a lot of it but there is a still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition," she said.