Indian women cricketers, led by Mithali Raj, have repeated the Indian men’s heroics in New Zealand. After Indian men cricketers posted a 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series, Indian women cricketers too have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. In the second ODI, Indian women posted a 8-wicket win over the New Zealand women.
Indian women’s team, led by the experienced Mithali Raj, overcame the target of 162 in just 36 overs. Mithali Raj scored an unbeaten 63 off 111 balls while Smriti Mandhana made 83-ball 90* to steer India to a series win with an ODI to go.
During her knock of 63*, Mithali Raj overcame former Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s record of highest batting average in successful chases in ODIs. Yes, it’s true. And it’s nothing more than Bradmanesque.
Mithali Raj averages 111.29 in successful chases in ODIs for India. She has scored 1892 runs in 48 innings with 1 ton and 15 fifties. She has remained unbeaten 31 times out of 48.
MS Dhoni averages 103.07 in successful ODI chases
MS Dhoni used to average just little below 100 in successful chases in ODIs for India throughout his ODI career. But his performance in the ODI series against Australia saw him go above 100 in batting averages in successful chases for India for the first time.
Dhoni cracked 55* and 87* in the last two ODIs that India won in Australia while chasing. This twin fifties saw Dhoni’s average in successful chases rising above 100 for the first time in his ODI career.
Dhoni, currently, averages 103.07 in 73 innings. He has scored 2783 runs with 2 tons and 19 fifties in the successful chases in ODIs for India. He has remained not out 46 times in 73 innings.
But Raj’s average of 111.29 gains significance as she is a top-order batsman while Dhoni has been a lower-order batsman for the most part of his career. Like Virat Kohli, Mithali Raj chooses to take the team across the finish line and remain in the middle while the winning runs are hit.
Virat Kohli averages 96.23 in successful chases
Virat Kohli is next in queue in this list. He averages 96.23 in 80 innings. Kohli has scored 5004 runs with 21 tons and 20 fifties in 80 successful chases. He has remained not out 28 times in 80 innings.
Last year, Mithali Raj became the fastest Indian cricketer to reach 2000 T20I runs. Virat Kohli was the second to do so.