Not Kohli or Dhoni, this cricketer is first to score 2000 T20I runs for India

Kuala Lumpur/Bhubaneswar: When it comes to batting or scoring runs at a brisk pace, Indian captain Virat Kohli’s name comes first in mind. Similarly, former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and players like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina have also shown their batting skills and the fans have always enjoyed their performance in T20 internationals.

But it’s not Virat, Dhoni or Yuvraj or any Indian male cricketer; rather batswoman Mithali Raj has now become the first Indian cricketer to score 2000 runs in T20Is for Team India.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have congratulated Mithali Raj for achieving the feat in T20 cricket.

Raj reached the milestone during a match in the ongoing Women’s Asia Cup T20 tournament against Sri Lanka in which the Indian eves thrashed the Islanders by seven wickets at Royal Selangor Club, Kuala Lumpur today. In the 108-run chase, Raj opened the innings and scored 23 off 33 balls.She crossed the 2000-run mark after taking a single off the bowling of Oshadi Ranasinghe in the sixth over of the Indian innings.

Raj became the seventh woman cricketer to achieve the T20I feat today. The list is headed by former England captain Charlotte Edwards (2605) while the current Caribbean and New Zealand captains, Stafanie Taylor and Suzie Bates, also have runs in excess of 2500. Mithali Raj is also the leading run-scorer in women’s ODIs with 6373 runs from 194 ODIs.

 

Mithali Raj now has 2,015 T20I runs under her belt from 74 matches. The next Indian on the list is Virat Kohli who has mustered 1983 runs in 57 T20Is.