Mithali Raj en route to 71 (Courtesy: Getty Images)
Mithali Raj en route to 71 (Courtesy: Getty Images)

Indian captain Mithali Raj rewrote the history books by becoming the first batter in women’s ODI to register seven consecutive scores in excess of fifty. She achieved the feat on the opening day of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, against hosts England at Derby. Her 73-ball 71 powered India Women to 281 for 3 in their stipulated 50 overs. Earlier, openers Poonam Raut (86) and Smriti Mandhana (90) added 144 for the first wicket. India W vs England W, Live Updates

Mithali came in to bat at No. 3, and the innings saw her belt 8 boundaries. She broke the record of Australia’s Lindsay Reeler, Ellyse Perry and England’s Charlotte Edwards. All three had registered six consecutive fifties in ODIs. Mithali, however, went a step further. Mithali’s run began in February 2017 during the Women’s World Cup Qualifiers in Sri Lanka. She scored an unbeaten 70 against Sri Lanka Women at Colombo. She followed it with 64 against South Africa Women and 73 not out against Bangladesh Women in the same tournament.

She next played the quadrangular tournament in South Africa where she registered scores of 51 not out, 54 and 62 not out against the host nation. At Derby, against England, she brought up her 47th ODI fifty. With 52 fifty-plus scores, Mithali is only behind England’s Charlotte, who has 55 scores in excess of fifty. She is also 141 runs behind Edward’s run tally, which makes her the second-most run-scorer in Women’s ODIs.

Mithali took India to greater laurels. India registered 16 consecutive ODI wins recently and Mithali was recently awarded Jagmohan Dalmiya Award for Best Woman Cricket in 2015-16.

The 34-year-old now has 5,852 career runs at 52.25 from 178 ODIs.