Mithali Raj edges Kohli, becomes first India cricketer to score 2000 T20I runs

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NEW DELHI, June 7: India cricketer Mithali Raj has become the first batter from the country to score 2000 runs in T20I cricket. She achieved the feat during India’s Women’s T20 Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka on Thursday in Kuala Lumpur.
Mithali has now scored 2015 runs in 74 T20Is with the help of 14 half-centuries. She has a decent average of 38.01 with a highest score of 76 not out.
The 35-year-old scored 23 as India beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in a crucial encounter. India, who suffered a shock defeat to Bangladesh in their previous match, put up a much improved performance as they restricted Sri Lanka to 107/7. They overhauled the target with seven wickets remaining and seven deliveries to spare.
Mithali is the seventh woman batter to score 2,000 runs in T20Is, a list which is topped by Charlotte Edwards (2,605), followed by Stafanie Taylor (2,582) and Suzie Bates (2,515).
When it comes to men’s T20I, the list is led by Martin Guptill (2271) followed by Brendon McCullum (2140) and Virat Kohli (1983).
The BCCI and ICC took to twitter to congratulate Mithali on her achievement Mithali recently broke the record for the most ODI appearances by a woman cricketer when she surpassed former England captain Charlotte Edwards (191 ODIs). She has now 194 ODIs to her name, scoring 6373 – the most by any women cricketer in the format – at an excellent average of 50.18. (Courtesy: TOI)