Mithali, during her knock of 69 during India's ongoing World Cup group match against Australia at Bristol, got past Edwards's mark and also became the first woman to breach the 6000-run mark. The Indian captain reached the landmark in her 183rd ODI, taking 164 innings - 16 less than Charlotte.
And with their backs to the wall and a winner-takes-all clash against New Zealand on the horizon on Saturday, Raj is urging her teammates to buck the trend.
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But I nearly found a way to get into the semis. "Still a huge match in front of me and in front of Roger, as well". The 35-year-old will play Berdych in the semi-finals. "I hope she goes on to win the tournament", said the Scot.
After winning the toss and electing to field, Australia struck early to reduce India to 1/26 only for skipper Mithali Raj and opener Punam Raut (106) to put on 155 for the second wicket. When you are playing a big team like Australia at an ICC event you need to get off to a solid start and that did not happen as she was back in the hut within the first four overs.
She took two catches against England on Sunday and scored 40 despite being in discomfort, but said she is ready to play.
"Even coming into the World Cup, considering how the team has been performing in the last two years, I think it was time for me to alleviate my own personal batting standards into the tournament". In partnership with the aggressive Perry (both of whom stepped out to attack the spinners), Lanning took Australia to a win and sealed a semi-final spot with 29 balls to spare and eight wickets in hand. Her unbeaten 76 saw her pass 5000 career runs but she fell just one run short of 3000 ODI runs.
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"We started well, but we have not been consistent with the way we wanted to play in the tournament", admitted Raj.
"We enjoy ourselves, when we're out there", she said. "But the bowlers didn't look penetrative, it was a slow wicket". The world record run came when she pushed an Ellyse Perry ball towards cover for a single.
Lanning has the most number of centuries for a female cricketer at just 25, and is perhaps best placed to challenge Raj's record one day, should her shoulder hold up for long enough. She is looking for redemption in this year's World Cup and the team has performed well so far. She then smacked a six down the ground a few deliveries later to become the first batswoman to get to the 6,000-run milestone in the format.
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For me, myself, I'm happy to be on any court". "I'd like to think that I can continue to rely on that as the matches continue". The sisters have won seven of the last 10 titles between them at the All England Club, with Serena claiming five and Venus two.