Women's World Cup 2017 July 12, 2017

Record-setting Raj top of the women's charts

As Mithali Raj becomes the leading run-scorer in women's ODIs, here's a look at the key numbers from her career
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5992 Previous highest career aggregate in women's ODIs - by England's Charlotte Edwards. Mithali Raj has got past Edwards' tally in 16 fewer innings and her average of 51.52 is significantly higher than Edwards' 38.16. Mithali also became the first player to complete 6000 runs in women's ODIs.

3 Number of players to average above 50 in women's ODIs, among the 45 players with 1500-plus runs - Australia's Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry are the others, apart from Raj. Among India women players, the next highest average is 32.88 by Harmanpreet Kaur.

75.72 Raj's average in wins - the highest among 91 players with 500-plus runs in wins. Her average in losses is 32.92, less than half her average in wins. She averages 65.07 when chasing and 109.68 in successful chases.

Indian duo Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami top the batting and bowling charts in women's ODIs © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

9 Number of fifties for Mithali in ODIs this year - the joint-most 50-plus scores by any player in women's ODIs in a year. Ellyse Perry had also made nine fifties last year. In 12 innings this year, Mithali has scored 621 runs at an average of 77.62.

5 Centuries for Raj in ODIs, and she has been not out in all those innings. In fact, nine of her ten highest ODI scores have been unbeaten innings. Twenty-seven out of her 54 fifty-plus scores have been not out innings. Overall, she has been not out 47 times, which is 15 more than any other player in women's ODIs. No other Indian women's player has more than two centuries in the format.

114* Raj's score on ODI debut, against Ireland in 1999. She is one of five players to make a century on debut in women's ODIs, and her score is the third-highest on debut in women's ODIs.

16y 205d Raj's age when she scored her first ODI century - that makes her the youngest centurion in the history of women's ODIs. No other player has scored a century in the format before turning 17.

7 Number of consecutive 50-plus scores by Raj this year - a record in women's ODIs. Twice she had streaks of four consecutive 50-plus scores, in 2006 and 2010.

154.33 Raj's average against Sri Lanka - the highest, by far, for any player with 500-plus runs against a team in women's ODIs. She has amassed 926 runs in 19 innings against them, with two centuries and seven fifties. She was out only six times in those 19 innings. The next highest such average is Meg Lanning's 69.38, against New Zealand. Raj averages 111.66 against Ireland (six innings), 52.40 against Pakistan (eight innings) and 51.33 against West Indies (18 innings).

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath

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  • Jose on July 13, 2017, 15:07 GMT

    I don't believe in comparing players from one era to another, let alone across the gender. Yet...

    Somehow or the other Mithali reminds me of Sunil Gavsakar from the Indian side... And, Ellyse Perry, of Kieth Miller of Australia!

    I had been a huge admirer of both Sunny & Keith, watching them playing in our stadiums, closely; though at different stages in my life. Don't ask me, how? And,why? Such a compare? I can't help letting such a thought, creeping into my mind, though it sounds a bit sacrilegious in my own mind.

    Jose...P

  •   Shreyas Madhan on July 13, 2017, 5:26 GMT

    If India finds itself in this situation at this juncture in the World Cup, the top order strike rate is to blame. They have been unable to dominate any of the good bowling sides apart from the first showing against England. Even there, India looked well poised for a much bigger score and sort of settled for 283. Mithali Raj is a great batsman, nevertheless her swelled up average is a result of mighty perfromances against SL, Pakistan and WI and Ireland, also the bottom 3 in the table who are so far out from the other 5. India is a vastly improved side, but a long way to go before they constantly trouble the likes of England and Aus in this format.

  • samuel1620968 on July 13, 2017, 4:55 GMT

    Kudos to both these stalwarts !! But yesterday match we lost due to not stepping up the runrate and the blame shud squarely fall on Mitali for not stepping up the runrate.

  • bodhis1407850 on July 13, 2017, 2:25 GMT

    I can't help but laugh at this comments of people slating Mithali when she has been the backbone of Indian women's cricket team and almost single handedly shouldered the battling through years. Laughable! If she fell early I'm sure the team would've fallen for 150 the way the Aussie bowlers were bowling today. Anyway, outstanding achievement Mithali. You're one of the best, if not the best batter in women's cricket!

  • A on July 13, 2017, 1:55 GMT

    50+ averages are rare in women cricket. This vindicates her true class. Actually, Mitali Raj averages higher than even Virat Kohli. What a player! Respect from Bangladesh.

  • Scott on July 12, 2017, 23:00 GMT

    Second stat is wrong - 3 players average above 50 with over 1500 runs - need to include Ellyse Perry in that list.

  • Hamza Salman on July 12, 2017, 20:55 GMT

    If such was the attitude of a men's team player - a S/R of 60 and knocking around for ones and twos in between defensive plods, I wonder what the fanbase would do after such a hammering at the hands of opposition! It's not as if she came at 5-down or 6-down and had to play out the overs!!

  • Hamza Salman on July 12, 2017, 20:50 GMT

    The way she batted today was as if she had zero trust in the middle order and later order batting to play out even ten overs. She slowed down the runs to a trickle and made it immensely tough for the rest to put up any semblance of a decent score. Strike Rate of 60-odd over 110 balls is criminal to say the least when it comes to team cause!

  • Rahul on July 12, 2017, 19:16 GMT

    People slating Mithali Raj when she's been the backbone of Indian Ladies side!

  • Xiong on July 12, 2017, 19:16 GMT

    Raj has undoubtedly done a lot for women's cricket in India, but I think it's pretty fortunate that her time to move on has naturally come. No need to usher her out, she can have a dignified exit, but she's pretty representative of old school batting. She bats in the top order and has 47 not outs, but her highest score is only 114* and only 5 centuries? Those numbers don't really make sense to me. I'm sure when she started all that was fine, keeping her stats and averages looking good because India weren't really the best team going around and winning was a bit of a secondary thought, but a change in mind set is coming and Raj can't be a part of that.

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