Mithali scores 2,000 runs in T20Is, joins elite club

Wednesday 13th June 2018 06:38 EDT

Mithali Raj became the first Indian cricketer and seventh overall to score 2,000 runs in women's T20Is. During India's seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the ongoing Women's Asia Cup, Mithali scored 33-ball 23 and she crossed the 2000-run mark in the shortest format of the game when she took a single off the bowling of Oshadi Ranasinghe in the sixth over of the chase.

She has joined a very illustrious group of players who have scored more than 2,000 runs in T20Is and she now stands at seventh spot in the list of most runs scored in this format.

Charlotte Edwards (England) – 2,605; Stafanie Taylor (West Indies) – 2,528; Suzie Bates (New Zealand) - 2,515; Meg Lanning (Australia) – 2,105; Sarah Taylor (England) – 2,091; Deandra Dottin (West Indies) -2039; Mithali Raj (India) – 2015.

In total, Mithali has played 74 matches (71 innings) in which she has managed to score these many runs. Mithali has also slammed 14 fifties thus far and her highest score being 76*. India T20I skipper Harmanpreet Kaur is the closest Indian cricketer to Mithali on this list as she has scored 1,467 runs in 79 matches (70 innings). Interestingly, India men's team captain Virat Kohli (1,983) is the next Indian on the list, followed by Rohit Sharma (1,852) and Suresh Raina (1,499).

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