Since its inception, the Indian women’s cricket team has evolved a lot in terms of talent and sporting skill. They have found success in many major ICC tournaments but still, the audience recognition for the woman's level of the sport remains much to be desired for. While cricket is majorly male-dominated, many female cricketers have managed to stand out and draw the attention of the fans.
Today we bring to you six incredible records held by Indian Women cricketers in ODIs.
The former Indian women’s team skipper is an all-rounder who has been the backbone of the team for over a decade now. In the 186 ODIs, Jhulan Goswami has picked up 233 wickets at a stringent economy rate of 3.28 runs per over with 7 four-wicket hauls and 2 five-wicket hauls to her credit. The 38-year-old holds the record for the most wickets and for the most balls bowled with 9069 balls in ODIs.
The Indian skipper Mithali Raj is arguably one of the greatest batswomen in the history of women’s cricket. Playing over the years, the 38-year old is the only woman cricketer to have breached the 7000-run mark in women’s ODIs and the only woman to play 200 plus ODIs The legendary batswoman has scored 7,098 runs at an outstanding average of 51.06, which is the third-best average in this format. The 38-year-old also holds the record for most consecutive 50s in ODIs (7).
Venkatacher Kalpana has played only 8 ODIs for the Indian women's cricket team but did not fail to make a mark as she holds the record for the most stumpings in an innings by catching out 5 Denmark women’s team batswomen off their crease in 1993. The only other player to replicate the feat was Karu Jain when she repeated the trick against the women’s cricket team in 2006.
Anju Jain opens the batting, plays with a straight bat, strikes the ball as hard as anyone else in the game. Very reliable at the back at all times, Playing over 65 ODIs, She holds the record of the most stumpings in an ODI inning with 51 stumpings. She is joined by SJ Taylor of England’s women's cricket team who also has 51 stumpings in her career, although from 126 games.
Mithali Raj continues her legacy in the game of women’s cricket, holding another record for the most consecutive matches by a woman player by playing 109 ODIs at a stretch. The second-best streak was that of M du Perez of South Africa with 101 consecutive games. The 31-year-old has played over 137 games for the Proteas with over 3443 runs.
With their 320-run partnership in the ODI against Ireland in 2017, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut broke a long-lived record of England’s Caroline Atkins and Sarah Taylor of 268 runs for the first wicket. While Deepti scored a massive 188 off just 160 balls, an innings comprising 27 fours and 2 sixes, her partner Poonam played her way sensibly to 109 of 116.
With outstanding feats in the game, women's cricket has continued to grow over the years. With the Indian women's team continuing to push for the major honors, new superstars and accomplishments can be seen over the years.
Let us know your comments on which records of the women's cricket game have impressed you the most.