Mithali Raj supersedes Rohit Sharma to become the highest run-scorer for India in T20I cricket by scoring 2,232 runs
Mithali Raj has created another humongous record. She has superseded Rohit Sharma to become the highest run-scorer for India in T20I cricket by scoring 2,232 runs as of now, thus topping the chart of the highest runs scored in this format of the game. Rohit Sharma has now taken the second position with 2,207 runs. In the India’s match against Pakistan in the second round of Women’s T20 tournament, Mithali opened the match with Smriti Mandhana and the formed scored a breezy 56 runs off only 47 balls before getting out in the 18th over. Mithali was adjudged the player of the match.
The Indian team continued its good run in this tournament. The Indian side, led by Harmanpreet Kaur beat Pakistan in the crucial match of the tournament. As a responsible senior most member of the camp, the 35-year old Mithali led the team from the front and made a fantastic 56 runs. She share 73 runs for the first wicket partnership with Smriti and steered India into a comfortable position. Finally, the Indian team comfortably sailed through the target of 134 set by Pakistan, in the 19th over with seven wickets to spare. To make matters worse, the Pakistan team also helped the Indian by way of deducting ten runs, apparently for running on the danger area, which made all the more easy for India to sail through to a comfortable win.
As soon as the match got over, Mithali had said, “I do not know. By default, all my years I have been batting in the middle order. Naturally, I enjoy being in that position. I would love to continue batting in the middle order. I enjoy opening. I enjoy batting at third position. Fag end of the day, I just enjoy batting. Chasing adds more pressure, while we need to maintain the run-rate, nevertheless, that is what I enjoy.”
To a query by media, whether the Women’s IPL take off in India anytime soon, she said, “I surely see IPL to happen in a year or two, as lot of people are discussing about women’s IPL back home. Nevertheless, the BCCI and the franchises will have to take a call in order to come forward to get the setup going.”
Stating that the players had discussed about the prospect of setting up Women’s IPL with the Board a few months back, when India played the exhibition match, Mithali went on to add that it was successful in terms of viewership. “After all, what is the follow-up, I have no clue, because we were preparing for ourselves for this World Cup”, Mithali added.
Last T20 World Cup
Meanwhile, Mithali had broadly hinted that this could be the last outing in this form of the game. “There are times when I think about the team, whether it is sthe right time to move forward. I also believe that now the team is settling, so it could probably be the last World Cup for me, the WT20 format.”