Among all sports, cricket is one of the oldest sports people play today where teams have to score more than the opposition to win a match. This sport is one the most followed and loved sports worldwide but its prominent popularity is in India, Australia and the United Kingdom. Over the years, many women also played this sport and became one of the greatest ever the world has ever witnessed.
This post is about the top women cricketers from various countries who had an immense contribution to making women’s cricket famous worldwide according to cricket latest update today
List Of Best Women’s Cricketers
- Rachael Heyhoe-Flint: Rachael was the first women cricketer in the world who was named in the ICC Hall Of Fame for her contribution and performances for the England Women’s Cricket team as a player and a full-time skipper from the year 1966 to 1978. She was the first woman who got elected into the Marylebone Cricket Club committee.
Rachael Heyhoe-Flint during and after her cricketing career was considered the greatest advocate in women’s cricket. She was the player who provided the impact and played a huge role to make women engaged in sports by promoting women’s cricket worldwide. She helped the England team to win their first World Cup as a captain in 1973. Rachael was the first woman player who played cricket at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground in 1976. After she died in 2017, ICC introduced Rachael Heyhoe-Flint’s trophy in women’s cricket to hold her legacy.
- Sarah Taylor: Sarah Taylor was the first women’s cricket to play in a male cricket team in the District Premier League. She also became the only women cricketer to get a coaching position in a male franchise-based team. In the year 2020, Sarah won the ICC Female Cricketer of Decade.
In 2006, Sarah started her career as a proper wicketkeeper batter which was pretty rare in Women’s cricket. Sarah was a very important asset behind the winning of the 2009 and 2016 World Cups for England. In her entire career, she won several awards for her great contribution and performances across all formats for England. In Australia, Sarah became the only female cricketer to play in the men’s cricket team. Sarah retired from international cricket in 2019 but again she came back in 2021 for The Hundred’s league for the Welsh Fire team.
- Cathryn Fitzpatrick: In the year 2019, Cathryn was named to the ICC Hall Of Fame for her contribution over the years to the Australian team. In her entire 16 years of cricketing career, Cathryn was known as the fastest female pace bowler in the world. In her career, she won several awards and became one of the prominent names in the entire Women’s cricket world. She became the first women player to play 100 ODI matches and also the first to take 150 wickets in ODI worldwide. Due to her great wicket-taking skills, she is still the third-highest wicket-taker for the Australian Women’s team. Cathryn in 2006 announced her retirement but after that, she joined the national team again as a coach and helped the team to win World Cups 3 times.
- Belinda Clark: Belinda Clark was the play who bought the revolution in the Austrlian Women’s team and changed the whole style of play for women in cricket worldwide. In her 16 years of a long career, she represented the Austrlian side and played for several regional teams. Clark was involved with the Austrlian team in 3 World Cups and helped them to win twice among 3 times in 1997 and 2005. Clark became the first women player to get a place in the Austrlian Hall of Fame and was the second player in the ICC Hall Of Fame.
Apart from these notable awards, she won several other awards in her career for her immense performance and contribution. After her announcement of getting retired in 2005, Clark joined as a Chief Executive Of the Women’s cricket board of Australia.
- Charlotte Edwards: Charlotte is still the only player who played for England women’s team as captain for 10 years. She made her international debut at the age of only 16 and became the youngest player to represent the England team. In her career, Edwards had won several awards but the most notated one was in 2014 when she won the Wisden Player of the year award.
Edward played for England for 20 years and in her time she was the highest run-getter in the ODI format worldwide. She is the only player to date who appeared for the most number of years in Women’s cricket. Under her captaincy, England won the first-ever Women’s T20 World Cup in 2009. 2016 was her last year playing in the international circuit.
- Mithali Raj: Mithali Raj is one of the most well-known women cricketers worldwide with one of the longest cricketing careers. In her entire 19 years cricketing career, she is the best batter India has ever produced with several records and scores under her belt. In India, Mithali is the only player including female and male who led the Indian team to the ODI World Cup finals 2 times. Apart from her several records, the most prominent one is that she is the only player to score 6000 runs.
In this entire list, Mithali is the only player who is still engaged with the Indian team as a player and she has a chance to build many other records under her belt and also has the chance to become the first player to represent the country over 20 years in Women’s cricket.
This is the entire list of top reputed Women’s cricketers of all time and their contribution towards Women’s cricket can never be forgotten. They are the ones who gave Women’s cricket a new face to all through their several sacrifices and sheer contribution for years and even decades.
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