Cricket is the most well-known game in India. The game initially picked up momentum after the Indian men cricket group won the 1983 world cup. From that point onward, the game came to be pursued as a religion and the players as VIPs.
On account of a solid start and early heroics, the Indian men cricket group has dependably delighted the nation. Be that as it may, with the ongoing heroics of the Indian women cricket group and a cognizant exertion by the BCCI to bring women cricket into the standard plenty of female cricket players have likewise picked up prominence.
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Their accounts are of uncommon assurance and proceeded will to battle against odds. They have broken economic, social, and men-centric obstructions to speak to the nation. Here are the top 10 best players of the Indian women cricket team to have ever graced the game.
The former cricketer from Hyderabad was also very much in the Diana Edulji shape – a stalwart in her very own right. An amazing striker of the ball, Purnima was one of the principal Indian women players to attempt and exploit the 15-over field restrictions, a la Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana of Sri Lanka.
A middle order batswoman who additionally served as an opener in her later years, Rau was a standout amongst the most proficient wielders of the willow and regarded by numerous individuals of her youngsters.
Questions waited over her bowling activity amid the 2000 World Cup, devastating her mood totally. She was the only one to concoct a substantial score in the semi-last of that competition where her side lost to the Kiwis. It was to be her last international diversion as well, as she never played for India again.
The 28-year-old all-rounder is a fierce batsman and an imposing bowler. Much the same as her idol Virender Sehwag, Harmanpreet Kaur likes hitting the ball for fours regularly. She can do everything—rack up snappy runs, keep batsmen in a tight chain while bowling right-arm medium-quick, and pull a lot of wickets that will decimate the opposite team.
She’s one of the initial two Indian cricketers to have marked a Big Bash League contract with Sydney Thunder in Australia, where she hit three sixes and two fours in her debut game. She is additionally the principal Indian to sign with Surrey Stars in ECB’s Kia Super League.
Kaur’s do-it-all attitude has proven to be useful at vital minutes—like a year ago she helped India win the first series win against Australia by driving the group’s highest ever run chase at any point run pursued in T20 cricket. Additionally, not long ago when she hit a six in the last two balls to secure the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier title.
One of the fastest women bowlers in the realm of cricket, Jhulan Goswami is known for her overall capacities. The ICC Women Cricketer of the Year in 2007, Jhulan has 200 ODI wickets, 40 Test Wickets and 50 T20 wickets at an excellent average.
A mix of ferocious desire and extraordinary discipline has driven the tall, soft-spoken quick bowler to exceed expectations in the amusement she adores profoundly. It drove her to be at the highest point of the ICC’s reality rankings as the main ODI bowler and getting the Padma Shri grant for being the blessed skipper of India in October 2008.
An economy of 3.24 in ODIs and 2.02 in Tests makes her a standout amongst the best on the planet. She turned into the most noteworthy wicket-taker in Women’s ODI history after she outperformed none other than Cathryn Fitzpatrick. She has dealt with the weight of captaincy as best as possible until Mithali Raj took it up again quickly. At 30, Jhulan still has a great deal to offer to the side – and is well on her approach to end up a standout amongst India’s best women cricketers in quite a while!
You would regularly expect left-arm spinners to be a couple of more inches taller. However, Neetu David, one of the star players for the Railways side, has demonstrated that one need not be honored in stature to wind up an ace of their art.
David needs a tad bit of bounce and turns on the wicket to handle her deadly trade. The flighted delivery is one of her top choices – she has aced the circle so effectively that it has handled her a lot of her victims. She could even turn the ball on tougher wickets in New Zealand and Australia, alongside giving unobtrusive varieties in pace.
For she is a standout amongst India’s best at any point left-arm conventional spinners and has assumed a key job in numerous a success for the national side. With players like Neetu around, the craft of left-arm turn won’t pass on at any point in the near future!
Shubhangi Kulkarni was a Right-hand hitter and a leg-spinner in the Indian Women cricket group. She made her test debut against West Indies in 1976 and her ODI debut in 1978 against New Zealand. In her international career spanning for about 15 years, she guaranteed an average of 98 wickets and scored 1047 runs.
She additionally scored a test century. She was honored with the Arjuna Award in 1985 and turned into the third female cricket player to get the lofty honor. After retirement, she moved to cricket organization and was secretary of the Women Cricket Association of India at the time it converged with BCCI in 2006.
Twenty-one-year-old Smriti Mandhana grew up watching her dad and sibling play cricket at the area level. At age nine, she made it to the Maharashtra under-15 group, and after two years she was playing for the under-19 group. At 17, she turned into the first Indian lady to score a twofold hundred of every an ODI amusement, when she made 224 in a match between Maharashtra and Gujarat state teams.
She signed a one-year deal Brisbane Heat for the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) a year ago. As a result, Mandhana became the second Indian to sign for the alliance. The young cricketer had an injury not long ago which made her interest in the World Cup far fetched, yet she later recouped to return as an opener for the Indian group.
At present one of the more unmistakable countenances of women’s cricket, the Delhi-conceived Chopra, in full stream, helps one to remember the incredible David Gower. There was a trace of apathetic class in her batting. She was solid on both the sides of the wicket.
She more often than not supports the ‘V’ for a large portion of her scoring, like previous NZ wicket-manager Adam Parore. Beginning moderate, Chopra can quicken once settled in.
Anjum is likewise possessing a sheltered pair of hands, more often than not positioned at the slips or near the wicket. She has driven the side on a couple of events, and for the most part, opens the innings. She was a part of India’s third straight Asia Cup winning effort. In 2006, presented with the Arjuna award.
It was 2005. The Indian women’s cricket team had achieved the World Cup last without precedent for the three decades they had played international cricket. Veda Krishnamurthy, at the time only 12 years of age and a twofold dark belt in karate, was propelled. Despite the fact that the group, driven by Raj, proceeded to lose the finals to Australia, it propelled this young lady in Karnataka to become a cricketer.
Krishnamurthy lived in Kadur, a small residential community with no cricketing facilities. Her secret hope was also to meet Raj there, whom she adored.
By the age of 15, the right-hand batsman was rehearsing in the nets with Raj. She went on to make her ODI debut in 2011. The 24-year-old is a middle-order batsman in the Indian group and has helped her group seal wins reliably from that point forward.
Shikha Pandey was an engineer before she begun playing cricket genuinely. Experiencing childhood in Goa, Pandey played cricket with young men in her state and longed for flying one day. Be that as it may, in her second year of engineering school, she began playing at the Goa Cricket Association. Before the finishing her degree she had chosen to jump totally into the universe of cricket.
Turning into a cricketer didn’t mean Pandey was going to abandon her plans of joining the Indian Air Force. Therefore, the 28-year-old currently straddles two professions. One as a quick bowler for the Indian cricket group. And another as an air traffic controller for the IAF.
Pandey’s family is from Uttar Pradesh. She was born in Andhra Pradesh and spent her childhood in Goa.
The of the Indian Women’s Cricket team, Mithali Raj is widely considered as the best batter ever. With more than 8000 International runs and as yet tallying, Mithali is a batting virtuoso from India. Right from her debut in 1999, where she scored an extraordinary century, Mithali hasn’t left any opportunity of inspiring the whole of India with her batting heroics.
At 19, in just her third Test, Mithali broke the then world record by scoring 214 runs against England. She has turned into the essence of Indian Women’s Cricket in the nation in a previous couple of years. Mithali drove the group to World Cup Final in 2005 and played a vital role in the Team achieving the Finals again in 2017. She received the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2003.
With more than 140 ODIs and 37 T20 internationals added to her repertoire notwithstanding eight Test matches, Mithali Raj is India’s most experienced campaigner in women’ cricket. A symbol to copy for budding woman cricketers across India!