Queen Of Cricket: Mithali Raj Becomes The 1st Female Player, To Feature In 200 ODIs

| February 1 , 2019 , 15:08 IST

Indian women's ODI cricket team captain Mithali Raj on Friday became the first-ever female player to play 200 50-over matches when she walked out for the toss against New Zealand in Hamilton.

It is learnt that the 36-year-old is also the highest run-scorer in ODIs with 6622 runs at an amazing average of 51.33.    

Unfortunately, Mithali Raj could not make much impact in her historic game and was dismissed by Leigh Kasperek for just 9 runs off 28 balls as team India was bowled out for merely 149 in the third and final ODI. Mithali Raj already holds the record for the most-capped women's cricketer in the history of the game.

Mithali Raj had achieved the milestone when she played her 192 ODI of the career, going past Charlotte Edwards' record of 191 appearances.

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India Women have played 263 ODIs in their history. Mithali has now featured in 200 of them.

Mithali made her ODI debut back on 25 June 1999 against Ireland in Milton Keynes, scoring 114* as India won by 161 runs.

Since her ODI debut, India Women have played 213 matches in the format. She has been a part of all but 13 of them.

The 36-year-old has been serving the game for 19 years and 219 days, now.

This is fourth-highest among the men cricketers too as Mithali is just behind Sachin Tendulkar (463), Sanath Jayasuriya (445) and Javed Miandad (233). Mithali (123) also holds the record for leading a country in ODIs most number of times.