Female cricket players? Yes, whenever the word ‘female’ is prefixed before cricket, we start gasping that how can they ever play this tough game. But it’s a matter of fact that “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world” and now the same hand holds a bat and rules the crease in the game of cricket. Not just restricted to men, today cricket is one among those sports where women are on an equal level with men. Whether delivering a fast ball to bowl a wicket or stroking a boundary, the Venus dwellers are all set to emulate their male counterparts. So, if you thought cricket is a gentleman’s game, you’ll probably have to reconsider your notion once you read about the amazing top ten female cricket players mentioned below.
Now 24, Anisa Mohammed took up the game of female cricket when she was just 14 and played her first match in 2003 (A World Cup qualifier match in Holland) at the age of 15. An off-spinner, she has a best of 5/20 against Grenada. Lately, her five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka helped the West Indies Women team complete an easy victory over Sri Lanka Women in the first ODI at Bridgetown in April 2012.
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Captain of the Sri Lankan Team, Shashikala Siriwardene, made her ODI debut against West Indies in March 2003. She took 2-20 and also scored a swift 29 in the same match. The most excellent bowling figures of this eminent female cricket player 4-11 was in the year 2005-06 against Pakistan in the Women’s Asia Cup held in Karachi. The other prominent show includes her 4-34 also against Pakistan in Women’s Asia Cup in the year 2006-07.
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Born in Singapore, Meghann made her ODI debut in January, 2011 against England. A magnificent batsmen, the Australian in her 11 matches has scored 407 runs, her top score being 128 against India in March, 2012. With stunning stroke and brilliant play, the teenager surely deserves a place in this list of top female cricket players.
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An ODI and Test cricketer, Raj is the captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. This female cricket player made her ODI debut in 1999 at Milton Keynes against Ireland with an unbeaten 114 runs. Next, she made her Test debut against England in the 2001-02 season at Lucknow. Raj earned fame for scoring 214 runs in a Test match against England at Taunton, which broke the record for the highest score in women’s Test cricket. Later the record was broken in 2004 by Kiran Baluch of Pakistan.
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Taylor made her debut at the age of 17 for West Indies on their tour of Europe. She was very vigorous in the field in her first match, against Ireland, grabbing two catches although she made only 14 in a low-scoring run-chase. 3 days later, Taylor even made an excellent Twenty20 debut against the same opponents, hitting 90 off 49 balls in West Indies 75-run wins. This female cricket player has now become the first woman to be chosen for the ICC Cricketer of the Year award after being integrated in the 2012 long-list for the ICC’s top honor.
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Born in Pune, India, Lisa captains New South Wales and plays for Australia. One of the major players in the team, she was rated as the leading all rounder in the world when rankings were introduced. She is the first female cricket player to take 100 wickets and score 1,000 runs in ODIs. Sthalekar has also been named as the Australian International Women Cricketer of the year both in 2007 and 2008.
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An English female cricket player, Brunt was named England women’s Cricketer of the Year both in 2006 and 2010. She was declared as Woman of the Match in the 2009 Twenty20 World championship final at Lords, where she took 3/6 in her 4 over opening spell followed by a career best 6/69 in the one off Ashes test. Brunt’s best numbers in ODIs came in the final of the NatWest Quadrangular Series of 2011 where her brilliant 5/18 bowled England to triumph over Australia.
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An important player of the Indian cricket team, Jhulan is noted both for her batting as well as her bowling (right arm medium) abilities. She has a Test bowling average of less than 20. During the 2006-07 season she directed the Indian team towards their first test series win in England. This female cricket player has even bagged the ICC Women’s Player of the Year 2007 followed by the M.A Chidambaram trophy for Best Women Cricketer in 2011.
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A wicketkeeper-batsman, Taylor is best known for her free flowing stroke play. She was part of the England team in 2008 which retained the Ashes in Australia. On 8th August 2008, she broke the record for the highest stand in women’s ODI cricket with a first wicket partnership of 268 with Caroline Atkins at Lord’s against South Africa. She scored 129. Next, On 30 June 2009, she scored 120 against Australia at a run-a-ball in the 2nd ODI at Chelmsford, thereby scoring the highest individual score against Australia by an English woman. She is also the youngest female cricket player to score 1000 runs in One Day Internationals.
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The number one position has been captivated by Ellyse Perry for a special reason. The sport star at the age of 16, made her International debut for both the Australian cricket and football teams. She played her first international cricket in July 2007 before receiving her first football cap for Australia.She is in fact, the first Australian woman to have appeared in both cricket and football World Cups. An all rounder, she was named man of the match in the 2010 World Twenty20 finals against New Zealand after taking 3/18 in which Australia defeated New Zealand by three runs. Currently, she is dominating the game with her outstanding performance!
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