Mithali reads a book, then breaks a world record

Indian skipper Mithali Raj, against England in the World Cup opener, went past Lindsay Reeler, Charlotte Edwards and Ellyse Perry in the list of most consecutive fifties by a woman in ODIs.

Mithali Raj made 71 off 73 balls, helping India finish at 281 for three against England.   -  Getty Images

Mithali Raj, was chilling on the sidelines, casually reading a book, as if in a picnic, as her openers put on a 144-run stand against England. ICC's official Twitter handle shared a gif: nearly 200 RTs, and over 350 likes. This woman — she's nonchalant, she's cool.

She strode out to take guard when Smriti Mandhana fell for a 72-ball 90. She hung around till the last ball of the innings, making 71 off 73, and surpassing Lindsay Reeler, Charlotte Edwards and Ellyse Perry in the list of most consecutive fifties by a woman in ODIs.

 

Before her knock of 71 against England, she had scores of 70*, 64, 73*, 51*, 54 and 62*. Her 47 ODI half-centuries are the most by any international women cricketer.

She's on course to become the first cricketer to reach 6000 ODI runs in the ongoing ICC Women’s World Cup.

The form is good, the numbers keep piling, and if reading a book calms her during the mission of winning the World Cup, then, so be it.

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