Best Female Players In The Indian Cricket Team
The Indian women’s cricket team has seen a steady rise on the international stage. With so many Indian female cricketers becoming greats of the game, young girls are aspiring to become cricketers. Women playing cricket in India has revolutionized the outlook that society had towards women and the idea of women belonging only to the private sphere. Currently, the Indian women’s cricket team hosts a variety of young and talented players. These players are dominating the international cricket scenario. And below, we will rank the top 5 of these players who are currently the best on their team as per ladies cricket news:
The stylish left-handed batter and opener of the Indian team, Smriti Mandhana, ranks first on our list of best female players in the Indian cricket team. The talented shot-maker was born on 18 July 1996 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. She made her debut in Test cricket on 13 August 2014, her ODI debut on 10 April 2013 against Bangladesh, and her Women’s T20I debut against Bangladesh on 5 April 2013. Smriti Mandhana has played four Test matches in total and has scored 325 runs in seven innings. In her 9-year-long Women’s ODI career, Smriti Mandhana has played over 70 games and scored nearly 3,000 runs, including five hundreds and twenty-three fifties. She has a batting average of over 42 and a strike rate of around 80 in Women ODIs. In Women’s T20Is, she has an even more impressive record. Smriti has played a total of 94 matches and scored nearly 2,300 runs. Smiti has unfortunately scored no Women’s T20I hundreds but has scored 17 fifties and boasts a batting average of over 27 and a healthy strike rate of over 120. In the four Test matches she has played, Smriti Mandhana has made one hundred and 2 fifties.
2. Harmanpreet Kaur
The captain of the Indian Women’s cricket team in all formats, Harmanpreet Kaur, ranks second on our list of best female players in the Indian cricket team. She is known for playing in an aggressive style, both her captaincy and batting style. Being a right-handed batter, Harmanpreet was born on March 8,1989 in Punjab, India. Harmanpreet Kaur played her first Women’s ODI match on 7 March 2009 against the arch-rivals Pakistani women’s cricket team, her first Women’s T20I match against the English women’s team on 11 June 2009, her first Women’s Test match on 13 August 2014 also against the English women’s cricket team. She has been an integral part of the Indian team as she is an all-rounder and has scored 3,101 WODI runs, including four centuries and 16 half-centuries, in 121 matches and has a batting average and strike rate of 36.05 and 71.64, respectively. Also, she has taken 31 wickets in Women’s OD Is. In WT20Is, she has played 131 games and scored a total of 2,597 runs, including one century and eight half-centuries, at an average of nearly 28, and also taken 32 wickets with her off-spin bowling.
3. Jhulan Goswami
The premier fast bowler of the Indian Women’s cricket team, Jhulan Goswami, holds the third spot on our list of best female players in the Indian cricket team. Born in Chakdaha, West Bengal, India, on 25 November 1982, Jhulan Goswami is a legend in Women’s ODI cricket. Jhulan Goswami made her Women’s Test debut for India against England on 12 January 2002, her Women’s ODI debut on 6 January 2002 against the English Women’s cricket team, and her Women’s T20I also against the English Women’s cricket team on 5 August 2006. Jhulan Goswami has played the second most number of Women’s cricket matches with 201 matches played and taken the highest number of wickets, with 252 of them. She also has 56 wickets in 68 WT20I matches and 44 wickets in 12 Women’s Test Matches.
4. Deepti Sharma
Born on 24 August 1997, in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, the Indian all-rounder, Deepti Sharma, ranks fourth on our list. The left-handed batter played the first match of her international career against South Africa on 28 November 2014 in a Women’s ODI match. Up till now, she has taken 87 wickets in WODIs, 68 wickets in WT20Is, 5 wickets in Women’s Test matches and scored 2,579 runs, including 13 fifties and one hundred, in the 145 international games she has played for India across all formats. Also, she is ranked fourth in the ICC Women’s WT20I All-Rounder Rankings.
5. Shafali Verma
The aggressive opening batter for the Indian women’s cricket team, Shafali Verma, captures our last spot on the list. Born in Rohtak, Haryana, India, on 28 January 2004, Shafali has scored a total of 242 runs in 2 Women’s Test matches, 522 runs in 18 WODIs, and 920 runs in 39 WT20Is. Shafali Verma debuted for the Indian women’s cricket team against South Africa in a WT20I match on 24 September 2019.
The Indian Women’s cricket team is full of promising players. They play with courage and have a fearless attitude. This energy that surrounds the team is credited to the Indian Women’s cricket team captain, Harmanpreet Kaur. Harmanpreet leads the team with full aggression and takes accountability for the team’s losses and the mistakes that her teammates make. She guided India to a successful silver medal in the Commonwealth Games, emerging as the runner-up after losing to the mighty Australian women’s cricket team.
Although the Indian women’s cricket team has seen their legendary senior players, such as former Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj, who formed a vital core of the team’s batting lineup, has led to the arrival and rise of the young and promising female cricketers such as Shafali Verma and Jemimah Rodrigues. The current Indian team hosts a number of all-rounders who form a significant group during limited-overs games. Also, with so many batters with high strike rates, such as Harmanpreet Kaur and Shafali Verma, the Indian team can probably defeat the invincible-looking Australian women’s cricket team and lift a World cup trophy in the upcoming years.
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