Former India captain Shantha Rangaswamy called Mithali Raj the “Sachin Tendulkar” of women’s cricket on Sunday and said her record of being the best runner in the game was here to stay.
Mithali, who is already the top scorer in the ODI, overtook former England captain Charlotte Edwards on Saturday to become the top scorer in all formats. They are the only two female cricketers to have more than 10,000 runs.
The Indian captain of tests and ODI scores a staggering 51.80 in 50-over format.
“Her records speak for themselves. What she has accomplished is comparable to the exploits of the great Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. You could say that she will feel lonely at the top for a long time. I don’t see her record being broken. anytime soon, ”said Shantha, who is also a member of the BCCI Apex Council, PTI.
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Mithali marked his fourth consecutive half-century on Saturday to lead India to a consolation victory over England in the third ODI.
Along with the rest of the batting formation, his hitting rate was also called into question, but Shantha believes the criticism was not warranted.
“Hitting rate only matters when you’re doing well as a batting group. Except yesterday, she had virtually no support in the series. If she wasn’t there, the team. would have struggled to reach even 200, “said the former Indian skipper.
As for India’s batting woes, Shantha believes all-rounder Deepti Sharma may be a good number three, a position Punam Raut occupied in the opening game before Jemimah Rodrigues replaced her for both games. remaining.
However, the 20-year-old also had no impact and has an average of under 20 out of 21 ODIs.
“She’s still very young. I would have said it was time to look past her if she was 10 years older. I hope she finds the leads soon,” Shantha said referring to to Jemimah.
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“I also think (Poonam) Raut, who played very well against South Africa, should be persevering, but if they are very keen on changing places from number 3, Deepti is a good choice.” Commenting on Harmanpreet Kaur, skipper of India T20, who hasn’t had much to show since her exploits at the 2017 World Cup, Shantha added: “She has yet to realize her potential. She needs to address her shot selection.
“If she can find a way to beat 25-30 overs, she can score a hundred. She’s such a good player but her skinny patch has lasted too long.” Harmanpreet fell to a reverse sweep on Saturday as Jemimah perished while attempting to make his way to the third man.
“Absurd shots should be avoided. There are other ways to rotate the strike than to guide it to the third man,” Shantha added.