Mithali Raj becomes first player to score 10 fifty-plus scores in ODIs

Mithali Raj scored her ninth one-day international century in the game against New Zealand, which was also her 10th fifty-plus score in the format this year which is a record for most fifty-plus score in a calendar year by a batswoman.

By: Express Web Desk | Derby | Updated: July 15, 2017 10:05 pm
mithali raj, india vs new zealand, ind vs nz, icc women's world cup 2017 Mithali Raj scored 109 runs for India. (Source: Reuters)

In the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup, India captain Mithali Raj has broken a few record already. She first broke the record of most consecutive 50-plus scores in one-day internationals. She then broke the world record of most runs in ODIs for women and also became the first woman in ODIs to score 6,000 runs in the format of the game. In India’s final group game against New Zealand, the Indian captain created one more world record and has now made a habit of creating or breaking records.

Not only did the Indian captain Raj made her sixth ODI century but she also scored her 10th 50-plus score in the calendar year of 2017. With her 109 against New Zealand, Raj made her 10th fifty-plus score in 2017, the most by a batswoman in a single calendar.

Raj had seven consecutive fifty-plus scores earlier this year and then added three more to make them 10 which is one more than the previous record held by Ellyse Perry who made nine scores of fifty-plus in 2016.

Raj’s teammate Deepti Sharma is also catching up with the record as she has eight fifty-plus scores this year. Most recently, she record a fifty against South Africa in India’s group game.

Back in 1997, Debbie Hockley also scored eight fifty-plus scores in ODIs and that record was not broken for 19 years until Perry made nine scores.

The Indian captain scored 109 runs, which was her sixth ODIs century and first since 2014. She scored her first one-day international century when she was just 16 in 1999.

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