With India missing out on a chance to progress to the semi-final stage of the ICC Women's World Cup against the Aussies on Wednesday, the only silver lining of the defeat was yet another individual record achieved by the Indian skipper- Mithali Raj.
Mithali overtook England's Charlotte Edwards, who scored 5992 runs in ODI cricket, after scoring her 34th run against Australia in Bristol. Few know that the Indian captain, who became the highest run-getter in women's ODIs, trained to be a Bharatnatyam dancer in her younger years.
"Obviously, we now have a decider ahead against New Zealand to get to the semifinals".
Not that her batting average of over 50 leaves any doubts about her consistency at the global level.
Indian Team Members: Mithali Raj (c), Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mona Meshram, Punam Raut, Smriti Mandhana, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Yadav, Sushma Verma (wk), Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Veda Krishnamurthy, Deepti Sharma, Nuzhat Parween, Mansi Joshi. India has to win this match to make it to the semi-finals.Hopefully, India will get its act together in Saturday's match against the Kiwis.
India's second fifty came off 69 balls, the third off 51, and the fourth off 48. After openers Beth Mooney and Nicole Bolton put on a steady opening partnership of 57, superstars Meg Lanning (76*) and Ellyse Perry (60*) finished it off, adding another 100-plus partnership to their record. "She was a late riser and to get her into the habit of rising early, I started taking her to a cricket camp where my son was being coached".
The biggest achievement of Mitali Rajs's career is her consistency. "As a team, we have to step up, as if we perform again like this it will not be enough", said the India skipper. "Australia and England have shown they are able to bounce back from disappointment", she said. She was eventually undone by Beams off her bowling.
Perry then joined Lanning and the took the ones and twos and occasional boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking. She is looking for redemption in this year's World Cup and the team has performed well so far.
Mithali first shot into prominence when she scored 214 - still the highest score by an Indian in women's Test match against England at Taunton back in 2002. She holds the record for having captained a national team in second most number of WODIs.