Indian women’s cricket team skipper Mithali Raj has added a new feather to her cap. On Friday (April 6), she became the topmost woman cricketer in the world to play the highest number of matches. Raj has played 192 matches till now. She made it to the number one spot after surpassing former England captain Charlotte Edwards’ tally of 191 matches.

The batswoman led the Indian team for the first match of the ICC Women’s Championship ODI series in Nagpur and achieved the milestone. Meanwhile, teammate, Jhulan Goswami took the third spot in the most-capped players in women’s ODIs. England’s Jenny Gunn is the only other active player in the top-five list.

Raj and Goswami are two powerful sporting icons from India who made their presence felt in the 2017 Women’s World Cup in England.

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“Everything is a process, and it’s gradual. Overnight a team doesn’t become bad or become the best. There is still time for these girls to come into a position where they can hold the responsibility of the team on their shoulder,” Cricinfo had quoted Raj. She was talking about their recent poor performance during the tri-series against England and Australia.

Raj has been the backbone of Indian women’s cricket since her debut in June 1999. She led the team to two World Cup finals and her batting performance has been India’s best till date.

Raj also holds the records of highest run-getter in women’s ODIs. Arguably, she has put Indian women’s cricket on the centrestage. Incidentally, with her 192nd appearance, Raj also registered 50 ODI matches against England.

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More power to you, Captain!

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