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Mithali Raj Becomes 1st Woman Cricketer To Complete 20 Years In International Cricket

Mithali, who made her ODI debut against Ireland wau back in June 26, 1999, has completed 20 years and 105 days of her career in the 50-over format.

Mithali Raj

Former Indian skipper Mithali Raj did a first of sorts in top flight  cricket as she became the first woman cricketer to have an international career spanning more than 20 years.

The seasoned Indian campaigner achieved the feat as she walked out on the field during the first ODI of the three-match series between India and South Africa at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara on Wednesday. She scored 11* as India won the match by eight wickets against the Proteas.

Mithali, who made her ODI debut against Ireland wau back in June 26, 1999, has completed 20 years and 105 days of her career in the 50-over format. She is also the only female cricketer to have played ODI cricket for over two decades.

The right-handed star batsman holds the record for playing the maximum number of ODIs in women's cricket. She leads the ODI apperances list with 204 matches till now and is followed by England's Charlotte Edwards (191), Jhulan Goswami (178), Alex Blackwell (144) of Australia.

The 36-year-old has represented India in 10 Tests and 89 T20Is as well. Last month, Mithali retired from T20I cricket

Overall, legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for having the longest international career -- 22 years and 91 days. He is followed by Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya (21 years and 184 days), Javed Miandad (20 years and 272 days) of Pakistan, with Mithali coming in at the fourth spot.