Just a few weeks ago in South Africa, Mithali's long-time team-mate and medium pacer, Jhulan Goswami, had become the highest wicket-taker in women's ODIs.
"Congrats Women's Cricket Team for the decisive victory against the NZ".
Though Kerr's career is only 14 matches old (12 one-day internationals and 2 T20Is) she has already made an immediate impact.
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India did not start well as they were two-down in the eighth over.
"Extremely happy. For a couple of us, this will be the last World Cup, so our first aim was to enter semifinals", said Mithali, who was adjudged the player of the match for her 109. Shikha Pandey dented New Zealand up front when she had Suzie Bates (1) caught in the slip.
A section of the Indian fans during India's match against New Zealand in the Women's World Cup at Derby. Mithali Raj had walked out in the middle after Smriti Mandhana fell on the cheap early in the innings and went on to stitch a 157-run partnership with Punam for the second wicket.
While Veda dismantled the New Zealanders, hitting big shots at will, Raj brought up her sixth ODI hundred. "In the previous World Cups we had not done that, so it was important to fire today", Mithali said, talking about the two consecutive defeats before today's win. They have made it to this stage every time the Women's World Cup has had a round of semi-finals.
When the powerplay didn't pan out India's way, Veda rekindled memories of her debut knock at the same venue six years ago to accelerate in the final ten overs - a period that saw India add 90 runs.
However, based on her early career to date and how she carries herself, a challenge is what she thrives on.