WATCH: Mithali Raj’s 20 years in ODI cricket celebrated with cake cutting ceremony by Indian team
Indian women’s cricket team’s ODI captain, Mithali Raj, recently achieved another milestone as she became the first female cricketer to have played ODI cricket for 20 years. The senior batswoman, who made her debut her ODI debut against Ireland on June 26 in the year 1999, achieved the feat when she stepped to the field for the 1st ODI between India Women and South Africa Women on October 9 at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) celebrated their skipper’s milestone with a cake-cutting ceremony.
The celebrations were held ahead of India Women vs South Africa Women 3rd ODI. Mithali, who scored unbeaten 11 runs in India’s 8-wicket win against the Sune Luus-led side, also became the first woman to complete 3000 runs in ODI chases. The Indian board arranged a cake for Mithali that read, “3000 Congrats Mithali 20.” BCCI also shared a few photographs where members of the Indian team were in attendance.
20 years in international cricket and counting— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) October 14, 2019
Congratulations to Captain @M_Raj03
The team cut a cake for her before the 3rd ODI against South Africa #TeamIndiapic.twitter.com/tPd0ebBgJ0
Under Mithali’s captaincy, Indian team defeated South Africa by 8 wickets and 5 wickets respectively to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Mithali recently announced her decision to announce her retirement from T20Is.
Earlier, talking to timesnownews.com, talking about her T20I retirement, Mithali said, “I don’t think it was tough for me because it was already in my mind since last year itself. After the T20 World Cup, I wanted to retire but things didn’t go really well during the World Cup and then the follow up of the controversy. So I didn’t want to make it, even more, uglier at that point of time and that is why I took this call in the New Zealand series. That is when I expressed and shared my plans with the coach and the chairman of selectors on tour to New Zeland because of the T20 games there. That is when I told them that the series against England (March) would be my last T20 stint for India.”