India captain goes past Charlotte Edwards’ record of 191 appearances.
Mithali Raj, the highest run-getter in women’s one-day internationals, has become the most capped player in the format as well, turning out for the 192nd time when she led India out to play England in the first match of their ICC Women’s Championship ODI series in Nagpur on Friday 6 April.
She was tied at 191 matches with Charlotte Edwards, the former England captain, prior to the start of the match.
Raj made her ODI debut back in June 1999 against Ireland in Milton Keynes, scoring 114* as India won by 161 runs. She has also played 10 Test matches and 72 Twenty20 Internationals over the years.
Jhulan Goswami, Raj’s long-time friend and colleague, is at No.3 in the list of most-capped players in WODIs, with England’s Jenny Gunn the only other active player in the top-five list.
Most capped players in women’s ODIs
|Matches||Player||Career span||Career details|
|192||Mithali Raj||1999 onwards||Runs: 6295, Avg: 50.36, Best: 114*|
|191||Charlotte Edwards||1997-2016||Runs: 5992, Avg: 38.16, Best: 173*|
|167||Jhulan Goswami||2002 onwards||Wickets: 200, Avg: 21.75, Best: 6/31|
|144||Alex Blackwell||2003-2017||Runs: 3492, Avg: 36.00, Best: 114|
|142||Jenny Gunn||2004 onwards||Wickets: 135, Avg: 27.77, Best: 5/22|
Raj also topped Edwards to become the highest scorer in women’s ODIs during the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and also became the first to score 6000 runs in the format.
Most runs in women’s ODIs
|Mithali Raj||6295||Matches: 192*, Avg: 50.36, Best: 114*, 100s: 6|
|Charlotte Edwards||5992||Matches: 191, Avg: 38.16, Best: 173*, 100s: 9|
|Belinda Clark||4844||Matches: 118, Avg: 47.49, Best: 229*, 100s: 5|
|Karen Rolton||4814||Matches: 141, Avg: 48.14, Best: 154*, 100s: 8|
|Sarah Taylor||4230||Matches: 111, Avg: 44.06, Best: 171, 100s: 5|
Interestingly, with her 192nd appearance, Raj also completed 50 ODIs against England – a record – and has missed just 13 ODIs since her debut, featuring in 75.19 per cent of all ODIs the India women’s team have ever played (since 1978).
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