Cometh the hour, cometh the woman is the phrase that would best describe the Indian women’s team captain, Mithali Raj. In a must-win game against New Zealand on Saturday, Raj brought up her sixth ODI hundred to put India in a strong position. In her innings of 109 of 123 deliveries, Raj hit a total of eleven boundaries and dominated the opposition bowlers.
She began her innings cautiously but after reaching her fifty cut loose. She cut, drove and pulled with panache and also picked gaps at will. Towards the end of the Indian innings, she also attacked the New Zealand bowlers which propelled India to a competitive score of 265/7.
In this edition of the World Cup, Raj has been in fine form and has also embarked on a record breaking spree. In the last match against Australia, she became the highest run getter in Women’s ODIs. With another hundred on Saturday, she is now third (356 runs) on the list of most run-getters in the 2017 world cup.
Raj’s good run of form isn’t much of a surprise, as before the World Cup, in her last 15 innings she scored 833 runs at an average of 104.12.
Earlier, Raj made history at the ICC Women’s World Cup when she became the highest run-scorer in women’s ODIs. Incidentally, she also became the first woman to score 6000 ODI runs in one-day international cricket. Even at the age of 34 Raj remains a crucial cog in the Indian batting unit. Whether she manages to take India to the ultimate glory still remains to be seen.