Mithali Raj becomes first woman to play 200 ODIs

India captain Mithali Raj on Friday added another feather to her hat as she became the first woman cricketer to play 200 ODIs. The 35-year-old achieved the record when she came out for the toss during the third ODI against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Raj already created the record of becoming the most capped woman’s cricketer in the 50-overs format in April last year when she led India as captain against England in the first match of their ICC Women’s Championship ODI series. She surpassed former England captain Charlotte Edwards who had played 191 ODIs in her 19-year-career.

The 36-year-old is also the highest run-getter in ODIs with 6622 runs at an average of 51.33, including seven hundreds.

In her 20-year-long career, the batswoman has to become the leading run-scorer in the format in the world, with 6,622 runs. She has also led India asc 123 times, more than any other captain in the women’s ODI. Charlotte Edwards is at second place at 117.

Mithali could not make a big impact in her 200th game, scoring nine off 28 balls as India were bowled out for 149 in the third and final ODI against New Zealand here.

She had hit an unbeaten 63 in the second ODI, helping India take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Mithali made her ODI debut way back in 1999 and has featured in 200 games out of the 263 ODIs India have played.

She has also played 10 Tests and 85 T20s.

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