- Bismah Maroof has become the first Pakistani woman to cross 5000 international runs
- No Pakistani women cricketer has achieved the milestone
- She has been the most consistent one over the years with several records to her name
Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team’s captain Bismah Maroof has become the first lady from the nation to surpass 5000 International runs across ODIs and T20Is.
Bismah Maroof settling among the odds
She achieved the feat on Saturday standing in the team’s last match of the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2019 versus New Zealand. The woman has been a core part of the Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team since 2006. She has donned the national jersey in 114 ODIs and 108 T20Is scoring 2755 and 2225 runs respectively in the formats.
Bismah, who was named captain in 2019, has been totalling 200+ runs in every calendar year since 2014. It would not be wrong to say she is the most consistent player among her mates. Her performances were visible in the ongoing Women’s World Cup. However, Pakistan has become the first team to be knocked out of the event losing six out of seven matches.
Not only this, but earlier, she also became the first Pakistani (men or women) to gather 2000 T20I runs. Apart from the major records, Bismah has been gathering a stellar record overall with a few more years left her in her career.
As far as the Women’s World Cup is concerned, Pakistan only managed to win versus the West Indies in a thrilling match. They are placed last on the points table at a net run rate of -1.313 with two points.
It must be noted their victory versus the West Indies was the first after 13 years in a World Cup match. They lastly won in 2009 against the same opponent. However, the losing streak broke, but Pakistan are continuing the same momentum, being the mediocre side of the event.
The team has been underperforming for the last many years. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also taken notice of Bismah Maroof’s side poor performance. It has been reported several senior cricketers will be eliminated from the squad to polish the women’s cricket team from scratch giving a chance to new talent.