Celebrating Mithali Raj, the lady Virat Kohli

first_imgMithali Raj’s golden run in 2017 continues as her sixth One-Day International ton helped the India beat New Zealand by 186 runs and qualify for the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup in England.Virat Kohli is the gold standard of consistency in ODIs. And Mithali Raj has set the bar even higher as India’s cricket captains continue tolead from the front.Mithali, who has been in scintillating form in this tournament, scored 109 off 123 balls to help India score 265/7 from their 50 overs. She hit 11 fours in her 123-ball innings.Before this match, she hit three fifties in the tournament but failed to convert them in a century but today, she stepped up when the team needed her the most, helping them earn an important victory for her team in a must-win clash.The Indian captain has been on a mission to take Indian cricket to the top much like her male counterpart — Virat Kohli. Much like Kohli, who likes leading from the front, the Hyderabad girl has hit 676 runs from 13 matches. On the other hand, Kohli has amassed 695 runs from 14 games.Earlier, Mithali became the first batswoman to score 6000 runs in ODIs in the course of India’s World Cup league game against Australia at Bristol.The India captain, is now the leading run-scorer in women’s cricket, having overtaken Charlotte Edwards of England.Mithali broke the barrier in women’s cricket because she happens to be the only Asian in the list of top-10 run-scorers.The top-10 is dominated by women from England (3), Australia (3) and New Zealand. Stafanie Roxann Taylor is the only West Indian in the list.advertisementMithali had earlier become the first woman in cricket history to hit seven consecutive fifties in ODIs. She hit 71 off 73 balls against England in their World Cup opener. She scored 44 against West Indies but was out for eight against Pakistan — bringing an end to her golden run. But she came back with a bang, scoring 53 against Sri Lanka to make it eight fifties from 10 inning. However, she fell for a golden duck in the previous match against South Africa.Raj’s first of the seven fifties came against Sri Lanka when she hit 70 not out at Colombo in February, 2017. Following that she scored an unbeaten 64 (South Africa), 73 (Bangladesh), 51* (South Africa), 54 (South Africa), 62* (South Africa), 71 (England).The 34-year-old right hander now has 6137 runs from 184 ODIs before this ODI. Her highest being 114* against Ireland in Milton Keynes back in 26 June, 1999. She has five centuries to her name and averages over 50.VIRAT KOHLI IN 2017Captain Kohli after a very successful 2016, began the year with a bang when he hammered 122 against England in the first of the three-match ODI series in Pune.After that, he took 12 innings more to score a century. His match-winning and 28th ODI ton helped India clinch the five-match ODI series against West Indies 2-1.Kohli has hit two centuries and five fifties in this calendar year so far. Also watch:last_img read more