Virender Sehwag congratulates Mithali Raj for beating him to 6,000 ODI runs, goes viral on Twitter

Virender Sehwag who is usually too quick to tweet about anything took his time to congratulate Indian Women skipper Mithali Raj for becoming the highest run scorer in ODIs on June 12. Sehwag tweeted a day after on July 13 congratulating Mithali for becoming the first woman to score more than 6,000 runs. Mithali also beats men’s cricketing greats, MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh in the number of innings taken to reach 6,000 ODI runs. Mithali took just 164 innings to reach this feat whereas others reached in 166, 170, 171, 190 and 192.

Sehwag tweeted, “The whole of India is proud of Mithali Raj’s spectacular achievement of becoming the all-time leading run scorer in the world in Women’s ODI”. Like every other tweet of Sehwag, this one went viral as well as soon as it was posted on Twitter.

Mithali scored 69 against Australian in ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 fixture which eventually ended up in the losing cause as the Aussies chased it down easily with 29 balls to spare. Mithali also has a better average in ODIs than Virender Sehwag and other Indians on the list.

Only India’s current skipper Virat Kohli and former skipper Sourav Ganguly had reached the 6,000 ODI runs mark faster than Mithali as they achieved it in 136 and 147 innings respectively.

Raj was calm and composed when she broke Charlotte Edwards’ long-standing record of 5,992 runs in ODIs. She is way ahead of any of the current batter in Women’s ODI. The closest one being New Zealand batter Suzie Bates who has scored 3,733 runs in 98 ODI innings.