Cricketer Mithali Raj becomes first Indian to 2000 T20I runs: Congratulations
New Delhi : Good news! Our favourite cricketer Mithali Raj became the first Indian cricketer, in male and female category, to reach the 2000-run milestone in T20 Internationals on June 7.
Being the leading run-scorer in women's ODIs with 6373 runs, Raj is now the seventh women cricketer to achieve the T20I feat. The list is headed by former England captain Charlotte Edwards (2605) while the current Windies and New Zealand captains, Stafanie Taylor and Suzie Bates, also have runs in excess of 2500.
Raj marked the milestone during India's seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the ongoing Women's Asia Cup T20, where she scored a 33-ball 23 in a 108-run chase while opening the batting. She crossed the 2000-run mark upon taking a single off the bowling of Oshadi Ranasinghe in the sixth over of the chase, at Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur.
At the time of her discharge, Raj's tally read 2,015 T20I runs. Meanwhile, the next Indian on the list across genders is Virat Kohli (1983).
About Mithali Raj
Mithali Dorai Raj, now 35, is an Indian cricketer and the captain of the Indian women's cricket team in Tests and ODI. Raj is the only player (male or female) to have captained India in more than one ICC ODI World Cup final, doing so twice in 2005 and 2017. She is the highest run-scorer in women's international cricket and the only female cricketer to beat the 6,000 run mark in WODIs. In June 2018, Mithali Raj became the first batter from India to score 2000 runs in T20Is.