In the opening Game of ICC Women’s World Cup, Mithali Raj broke two world records as India posted 281/3.against England .
The Indian captain not only became the first woman to score seven consecutive ODI fifties but also now holds the record for most fifties in women’s ODIs.
After a strong start given by Indian openers Raj came in to bat and her knock of 71 off just 73 balls helped her break Charlotte Edwards’ record of most fifties in women’s ODIs and register her seventh consecutive ODI fifty. Before the game, both Edwards and Mithali had 46 fifties but now the 34-year-old has taken over with 47.
She brought up her 47th fifty in 178 ODIs . Only two women has crossed 35 fifties mark in Women’s ODI & one of them is Mithali Raj, making the whole nation Proud.
This was the seventh consecutive fifty by Mithali Raj in ODIs, which in itself is a world record as she became the first woman to score a fifty in seven successive innings. Former England captain Charlotte Edwards and Australian pair of Lindsay Reeler and Ellyse Perry all scored fifties in six consecutive innings.
She has scores of 70*, 64, 73*, 51*, 54, 62* and 71. The main thing in these innings is that she has only been dismissed thrice, including this knock.
Reeler was the only woman to score fifties in six successive innings for over two decades before Edwards did it in 2013, Perry in 2014/15 before Mithali got on her current run that began in February 2017.
In all ODIs, only Javed Miandad has scored fifties in more consecutive innings than Mithali Raj. While she has done it in seven successive innings, the Pakistan legend did it in nine consecutive innings.
Here is the list of players with most fifties in women’s ODIs:
Most fifties in Women’s ODIs
|1||Mithali Raj (India)||178||47|
|2||Charlotte Edwards (England)||191||46|
|3||Debbie Hockley (New Zealand)||118||34|
|4||Karen Rolton (Australia)||141||33|
|5||Belinda Clark (Australia)||118||30|