Indian women\u2019s cricket team skipper Mithali Raj has become the first woman cricketer in the world to gross 6,000 runs. She trumps Charlotte Edwards of England, who retired with a career score of 5,992, as the highest run-scorer in the history of women\u2019s cricket. And Raj did this with unshakeable elan, knocking off 69 from 114 balls in a World Cup match against Australia\u2014the fact that India lost hardly takes the sheen off the captain\u2019s achievement. Her career so far would seem like a sprint from one milestone to another\u2014she took 16 innings lesser than Edwards to reach the record total, with an average of 51.5. Data from Wisden shows that Raj, ever since she made her debut in 1999 at the age of 17 when she scored an unbeaten 114 against Ireland, has never let her average drop below 37. In fact, when India have won chasing, her average has been close to a mind-blowing 110. If nothing else, the faux pas by Indian men\u2019s cricket team captain Virat Kohli\u2014he posted a picture of Raj\u2019s team-mate in his message of congratulations for Raj\u2014should show how little note we take of the strides the country\u2019s sportswomen have made. Sure, there are loud cheers at successes like Raj\u2019s, but then it is all quiet there on till another sportswoman shatters the glass ceiling with some remarkable achievement. Sportsmen make off with our attention. Take, for instance, the women\u2019s cricket team itself\u2014it was only this year that BCCI accepted some of their demands for reviving enthusiasm for the game among women players. And this is how things are in cricket, easily India\u2019s most popular sport. The team is already star-packed; Jhulan Goswami has bagged the most number wickets in women\u2019s cricket so far and is also its fastest bowler, Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma hold the record for the highest partnership by runs. India must nurture women\u2019s sports if it is to field more Rajs, Goswamis and Rauts along with more Mirzas, Karmakars and Phogats.