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  1. India’s women’s team capt Mithali Raj beats Pakistan men’s team ex-capt Misbah-ul-Haq? Yes! Find out how

India’s women’s team capt Mithali Raj beats Pakistan men’s team ex-capt Misbah-ul-Haq? Yes! Find out how

Mithali Raj popularly called “Tendulkar of Indian Women’s Cricket”, has a better record in the One-Day International (ODI) format of the game when compared to three top-class performers in men's cricket! While there are other names thrown up by stats, the top one that really deserves a mention is that of Pakistan's Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 7, 2016 7:32 PM
Mithali Raj statistically is a better bats-woman than three batsmen. (PTI) Mithali Raj statistically is a better bats-woman than three batsmen. (PTI)

Cricket fans in India have yet another reason to cherish an India vs Pakistan moment. A statistical survey states that Indian women team captain Mithali Raj popularly called “Tendulkar of Indian Women’s Cricket”, has a better record in the One-Day International (ODI) format of the game when compared to three top-class performers in men’s cricket! While there are other names thrown up by stats, the top one that really deserves a mention is that of Pakistan’s Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

Mithali Raj has scored an impressive 5047 runs in ODIs at an average of 49.6. She is also the second-highest run getter in Women’s cricket, next only to former England captain Charlotte Edwards.

Here lies the impressive comparison of Mithali Raj and the aforementioned batsmen whom she leaves behind.

Player Name        Mat    Inns    NO      Runs     HS       Ave        100s    50s    Ct

Mithali Raj           167     152       43       5407    114*    49.60      5          40     39
Misbah-ul-Haq   162     149      31        5122     96*      43.40      0         42     66
Tamim Iqbal        159     158      3         5007    154      32.30       7          33     37
Eoin Morgan       170     159      24       5020    124*     37.18        8         31     68
(Source: ESPN cricinfo)

No doubt Misbah has been the backbone of the Pakistan batting lineup since last decade. The thing that will haunt him badly in the comparison will be the fact that he doesn’t have an ODI century to his name and that he has already hung his boots from ODIs. While Mithali has 5 centuries to her name; much to the joy of Indian fans.

Among the other top men cricketers whom Mithali beats are England’s ODI & T20 captain Eoin Morgan and Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal – Mithali has more runs and better average to her name.

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Tamim Iqbal is probably the best opening batsman Bangladesh has produced. Though he is always underrated by the presence of Shakib-al-Hasan. He has been in stunning form in recent years but still lags behind Mithali by 400 odd runs.

Eoin Morgan, the England ODI & T20 skipper, originally from Ireland has seen a drop in form of late, but overall his stats are quite impressive.

This despite the fact that in In India, women’s cricket is not considered as seriously as men’s cricket. Thus, it lacks the deserved attention and adulation both from the cricket management and fans. Mithali has proved all wrong by having remarkable records to her name that these batsmen have struggled to achieve.

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