Hamilton: India cricketer Mithali Raj on Saturday broke the record for most matches as captain in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.
The India skipper achieved the feat on Saturday (March 12), when she stepped out to lead the country against West Indies during the team’s third match of the ongoing 2022 tournament, that is being hosted by New Zealand, at Seddon Park here.
Mithali went past former Australia skipper Belinda Clark’s record of 23 matches. During her career, which spanned from 1997 to 2005, Clark won 21 games, lost one and one match had no result.
Meanwhile, Mithali, who is possibly playing her last 50-over World Cup, has won 14 games, lost eight and one had no result in her career which started in 2005.
England’s Susan Goatman (19 matches), New Zealand’s Trish McKelvey (15 matches) and Ireland’s Mary-Pat Moore (15 matches) complete the top five.
Last Sunday, Mithali broke another record, becoming the first woman, and only third cricketer, to take part in six cricket World Cups. The others are India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistani great Javed Miandad.
Another interesting point to note is that Mithali and Clark are the only two cricketers to have captained their country in more than two World Cups.
India started off their World Cup campaign on a winning note, with a thumping 107-run victory over neighbours and traditional cricket rivals Pakistan. They, however, went down by 62-runs to New Zealand in the second match with a less than stellar batting display from the batters.
After the loss, head coach Ramesh Powar said the senior players in the side needed to step up and take more responsibility with the bat.
“I want seniors to be putting their hand up, like Mithali (Raj), Smriti (Mandhana), Jhulan (Goswami), and win us the games single-handedly, because their participation and contributions in the win will brush off on the younger players,” said Powar.