Top 10 Best Women Cricketers In The World

Top 10 Best Women Cricketers In The World

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Women's cricket has developed a lot and has been receiving the popularity and attention it really deserves in recent years. The initiation of women’s cricket dates back to the mid-eighteenth century with the first recorded match being played on July 26th, 1745. And with the first-ever ICC Women’s World Cup that started back in June 1973, the whole scene came to a heavy rise in popularity, with tons of new worldwide audiences taking interest in the game. In recent years, we have seen some of the greatest talents and outstanding plays being gifted to the world of this sport from women’s cricket. In this article, we will talk about the top 10 best women cricketers in the world of all time. Let us have a look at some of the most exceptional players in the game, who deserves the title of best woman cricketer in the world.

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List of top 10 Women Cricketers in the World

1) Ellyse Perry

Ellyse Perry
Credits: The Telegraph

Australian cricketer, Ellyse Perry, is widely considered the best woman cricketer in the world of the recent era of women's cricket. Not only her great plays in cricket have made the news overseas, but her contribution as a footballer has also received praise from the whole world. She had represented Australia in both these popular sports formats on the world stage.

Her international debut in cricket and football happened at the age of 16, and she gradually leaned solely towards professional cricket by 2014. Her role for the team is of a batting allrounder and her record speaks on her behalf. In 126 WT20I matches that she played, she scored 1253 runs and took 115 wickets. And she scored 3369 runs from 128 WODI matches, with 161 wickets to her name. Ellyse Perry is truly one of the greatest athletes in sports and the current best woman cricketer in the world. Her Test high score of 213* and 150 wickets in WODI, are both incredible records.

2) Jhulan Goswami

Jhulan Goswami
Credits: Female Cricket

The former skipper of the Indian women's international cricket team, Jhulan Goswami, is also among the fastest female bowlers in the history of women's cricket and one of the best cricketers of recent time. She has been named the ICC Women’s Player of the Year back in 2011, a title she truly deserves, alongside ranking as the number one player in 2016 as per the ranking of ICC Women’s ODI bowling. Jhulan Goswami is regarded as India’s pace bowling legend, who has taken 252 wickets in the 201 WODI matches that she played, alongside making 1228 runs. Her personal best bowling in an innings is 6/31 and she is the highest wicket-taker in all of the women’s ODI. Jhulan Goswami is without a doubt, the best woman cricketer in the world from India.

3) Sarah Jane Taylor

 Sarah Jane Taylor
Credits: Female Cricket

Former English cricketer Sarah Jane Taylor is said to be one of the best women’s cricketers of all time. She began her international career back in 2006 and continued to dominate the field until her early retirement from the stage in 2019. Taylor’s role in the team was of a wicketkeeper-batswoman and she had made an impact in both the roles. As a wicketkeeper, she had made 138 dismissals in 126 WODI, and 74 dismissals in 90 WT20I matches. And with her magnificent batting, she scored 2177 and 4056 runs in WT20I and WODI matches, respectively. She is also one of the highest-earning women cricketers at the current time.

4) Katherine Helen Brunt

Katherine Helen Brunt
Credits: SportzCraazy

Popularly known as the greatest fast bowler in women's cricket in England, Katherine Brunt is in the fourth spot as the best woman cricketer in the world. Her match sense, delivery control and aggressive style of bowling had caught the attention of all cricket fans around the world. She has achieved plenty of achievements and milestones throughout her career, including being named England’s women’s cricketer of the year twice, the first one in 2006 and the second one in 2010. She has taken 51 wickets in 14 WTEST matches, 167 wickets in 140 WODI matches and 98 wickets in 96 WT20I matches. Katherine’s maiden half-century is one of her greatest contributions to her team back in the 2009 World Cup.

5) Lisa Caprini Sthalekar

 Lisa Caprini Sthalekar
Credits: Verve Magazine

Former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar started her international career back in 2001. She continued to play internationally with her career spanning about 12 years. She is among the best all-rounders in the history of women’s cricket, with her deadly off-spin bowling and magnificent right-handed batting skills. She had led the Australian women’s cricket team as their skipper and with her outstanding achievements and abilities, she earned the title of the best all-rounder in women’s cricket during her time. In the entire history of ODI cricket, the first woman to have scored 1000 runs and bowled 100 wickets is none other than Lisa Sthalekar herself. One of her greatest achievements is surely winning the 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup win with team Australia. Her score of 2728 runs and 146 wickets in WODI is truly exceptional.

6) Stafanie Taylor

 Stafanie Taylor
Credits: CricTracker

Another all-rounder that holds the sixth spot in the list is West Indies’ Stafanie Roxan Taylor. Her bowling style is right-arm off-break with right-hand batting. She contributed largely to the team, both as a player and a captain and was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year back in 2011. Her WODI statistics include 5298 runs with a high score of 171, along with 152 wickets in just 145 matches. And her WT20I statistics show 3121 runs with 98 wickets to her name, in 111 matches. She is one of the best all-rounders in Women’s cricket of all time.

7) Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj
Credits: NDTV Sports

Indian cricketer Mithila Raj is one of the best batswomen in cricket of all time. She is a top-order batsman for the Indian national women's cricket team with the vital role of securing runs, which she does with grace. In her international career that spanned from 1999 to 2022, Mithila Raj had scored 7805 runs, which is the highest in WODI of all time, along with 2364 total runs in WT20I. Her highest score in a single match is 214 in Test, 125 not out in WODI and 97 not out in TW20I. Mithila Raj is thus one of the greatest batswoman, captain and cricketers in women's cricket in India, as well as, in the world.

8) Meg Lanning

Meg Lanning
Credits: Cricketer Addictor

Meg Lanning is a top-order batswoman for the Australian women's cricket team. She began her international cricket career back in 2010, and in just a few years, she had won some of the glorious titles to her name along with the Australian women's cricket squad. As of now, she has won two Women's Cricket World Cups, along with four ICC Women’s World T20 championship titles. She has scored 4463 runs with a personal highest of 152 not out in 100 WODI matches, alongside scoring 3007 runs with a personal highest of 133 not out in 115 WT20I matches. Meg Lanning is surely the best woman cricketer in the world at the present time.

9) Shashikala Siriwardene

Shashikala Siriwardene
Credits: The Cricketer

The ninth player on this list is Sri Lankan cricketer Shasihikala Siriwardene. She started her international career back in 2003 and played until 2020, during which she had made many records and completed significant milestones. She also led her national squad as their skipper in the World Cup cricket campaigns. Siriwardene’s 100-plus wicket feast along with 1000-plus runs scored in WODI is the record best in Sri Lanka’s women's cricket. Siriwardene has scored a total of 2029 runs along with 124 wickets in her WODI career, along with 1097 runs with 77 wickets in her WT20I career.

10) Sana Mir

 Sana Mir
Credits: Dawn

With her international cricket career spanning from 2005 to 2019, the tenth player on this list is none other than Pakistan’s Sana Mir. Her primary role in the squad has been as a bowler, taking up wickets with finesse. She is among the most successful bowlers in the history of women's cricket in the World Cup. Sana Mir was the first female cricketer to reach 100 wickets in WT20I in Pakistan and she also ranked at the top of the ICC ODI bowler list of 2018, the first Pakistani female cricketer to do so. Another of her greatest achievements is her role in Pakistan Women's cricket team’s two gold medal wins in the Asian Games, in 2010 and 2014. In her WODI career, she has claimed 151 wickets and scored 1630 runs.

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