India v New Zealand: Mithali Raj becomes first female cricketer to play 200 ODIs
On February 1, 2019, India's women’s cricket captain turned 200 ODIs old when she walked out with her team for the third match against New Zealand, for the ICC Women’s Championship. This feat adds yet another feather to Mithali Raj's career – one which has witnessed several trophies and accolades. Mithali is now the first woman to play 200 ODIs. To put things in perspective, India's Women have played 263 ODIs since inception, and Mithali was on the side in 200 of them.
Unfortunately, her stay at the crease was not a memorable one as she was dismissed for 9 runs by Leigh Kasperek. Being the most capped female player in history is a title that Mithali has been wearing for a while now. She achieved the feat when she went past the record set by Charlotte Edwards (191). Mithali made her debut against Ireland in June 1999. In that match, she made her first century, remaining unbeaten at 114. India won that match by 161-runs.
In a career spanning 19 years and 219 days, she’s scored 6613 runs, including seven centuries and 52 half-centuries. BTW, Mithali’s career length is the highest among female players, and when compared to men, she’s the fourth highest, just after Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya and Javed Miandad.