The biggest cricketing tournament for the Women’s division is already underway, yes, the much-awaited Women’s World Cup which was scheduled to take place last year but postponed due to the increased spread of the virus has now commenced in New Zealand.
The tournament is set to feature eight teams and is slated to take place in a round-robin knockout format. The defending champions England are once again the favorites along with the hosts New Zealand, who have been in great touch too in recent times are expected to be the two teams to cause destruction.
With a lot of matches set to take place over the coming days and definitely a number of records at stake, Cricwizz, today brings you all the numbers you need to know about the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022.
With 11 editions of the Women’s World Cup being played so far, there is no other team that has been as dominant as the Aussies, who have managed to win the title on 6 occasions to date. The second most successful team is England, who have the cup on four occasions and are also currently the defending champions. Any guesses on the only other team to the title? Well, it's the Kiwis, who managed to win the title way back in the year 2000.
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The Indian Women came mighty close to winning their maiden title in the last world cup which was held in 2017 but lost the encounter by a narrow margin of 9 runs.
The Bangladesh Women's side have been improving well with the time and have managed to be part of many exciting games in recent times and they managed to qualify for the World cup on the virtue of their ranking in the ICC ODI team rankings after the qualifiers were decided to be called off due to the increasing cases of Covid-19.
This is their maiden World Cup appearance and though they are a relatively developing side, they must be hoping to make the best of this wildcard opportunity.
With 1139 runs to her name, the Indian skipper Mithali Raj is the leading run-getter in the ICC Women’s World cup among active players and overall she is the 5th highest run-getter in the tournament’s history. The 33-year old is also the most capped player in the tournament among the active players with 31 matches under her belt.
Mithali Raj’s World cup stats
Another Indian veteran tops the charts and most you must have guessed it right, Yes, it is the Indian pace legend, Jhulan Goswami, who with 36 wickets is on top of the chart for the most wickets in this tournament among the active players. The 39-year old is also the highest wicket-taker in ODI history, with 245 wickets to her name she is way clear of the second-best on the list, Cathryn Lorraine Fitzpatrick, the Australian legend who picked up 180 wickets in a career that spanned 14 years.
Jhulan Goswami’s World cup stats
We already discussed the success of Australia in the tournament. Apart from the dominating number of titles, the Aussies also hold the record for most wins in the World Cup, with 70 wins from the 84 matches played, they hold an incredible win percentage of 86. Can they continue their domination and claim their 7th title?
# The only two other teams to possess a win percentage of over 50 are India and England who have 56% and 71% respectively.
The only time a team managed to breach the 400-run mark in the World cup was by Australia back in 1997 against Denmark. The score of 412 is the highest team total in the tournament’s history, the attack was led by Belinda Clark, who scored a blistering 229* runs off 155 balls, which is also the highest individual score by a player in the World cup.
Which team do you think can breach this record? Well, my bet is on West Indies as they have some brutal hitters on their side.
# The same match also saw the Aussies register the largest victory in WC history in terms of the runs (363 runs)
With 456 runs to her name in the 1997 World Cup, Debbie Hockley of New Zealand still holds the record for the most runs scored in a single edition of the World Cup. Yes, it is no easy task to break that tally set by the Kiwi. However, given the exemplary form of the current skipper Sophie Devine, she looks all set to break the record this time around. Can Devine break the record of her fellow countrywoman?
Debbie Hockley’s stats in the 1997 World Cup
The day the wicket-keepers decided to go on an all-out attack. The famous pair of former English great Sarah Taylor and Beaumont stitched together a mammoth partnership of 275 runs against South Africa in the last World cup, scoring the runs off just 209 balls, the pair helped the England side set up an incredible target of 374 runs which they ended up winning by 68 runs.
The partnership is the highest in the World cup history and the third-highest overall. Which pair do you think are likely probables to break this number?
Which record do you find the most intriguing? Do let us know which record or stat you think is likely to be broken in the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup? Stay tuned with Cricwizz as we thrive to bring you exciting content round the clock. Also, do follow our social media handles for all the latest news and updates revolving around the sport.