A woman has to break men-centric obstructions, social, and economic to speak to the nation.
It’s true that we live in a male-dominated society and to make our space every woman has to do a lot. Earlier cricket was a man-centric game and imagining women’s playing cricket was something unthinkable. But there are some women cricket players who have proved that women can do anything.
They showed that women are nowhere behind men and can play cricket equally.
Government and BCCI gave the Indian women cricket team a lot of opportunities, and support to grow.
And all of the below players have made their names bold with their great opportunity on the cricket field.
Here are Top 10 Best Players of Cricket in India:
1. Mithali Raj
The Indian women’s cricket team’s captain Mithali Raj, who made her debut in 1999 and scored an extraordinary century became the origin of the battle against heroics.
At a tender age of 19, she broke the world record by scoring 214 runs against England in her third test match. Mithali is the recipient of the Arjuna award. She has played 140 ODIs and 37 T20 internationals is a part of her overall cricket career.
2. Shikha Pandey
An engineer who left engineering and was an Indian Air Force aspirant joined cricket. She began playing cricket in the Goa Cricket Association.
At present, she is the quick bowler in the Indian cricket team and an air traffic controller for the Indian Air Force. She is the inspiration for many girls who want to achieve something in their life.
3. Veda Krishnamurthy
Veda is a twofold dark belt in karate used to admire Mithali Raj and by the age of 15, she was rehearsing with the women’s Indian cricket team captain. This right-handed batswoman made her debut in 2011 in ODI. At present, she is the middle-order batsman in the women’s Indian cricket team.
4. Anjum Chopra
Anjum Chopra is the recipient of the Arjuna award and was a part of India’s third straight cup Asia Cup-winning effort. She has played 12 Wtest matches and scored 548 runs.
She has played 127 WODI matches and made 2856 runs. Also, she has played 18 T20I Matches and made 241 runs. She is the right-handed batsman and left-handed bowler.
5. Smriti Mandhana
Smriti became the first Indian lady to score a twofold handed in every ODI when she made 224 runs in a match between Gujrat and Maharashtra, also she was just 17 at that time. She also signed the one year deal with Brisbane Heat for the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) just a year ago that made her the second Indian to sign for the alliance. She is among the openers in the women’s cricket team.
6. Shubhangi Kulkarni
Shubhangi is a former leg spinner and a right-handed batsman in Indian women’s cricket team. In 1985 she became the third woman to receive the Arjuna award. In 1978, Kulkarni made debut against New Zealand and in 1976, made a debut in ODI against West Indies. After retiring, she became the secretary of the Women Cricket Association of India at the time it converged with BCCI in the year 2006.
7. Neetu David
Neetu is the best former any point left arm conventional spinners. In Wtests she has bowled 2662 balls and took 41 wickets with a bowling average of 18.90. In WODI she bowled 4892 balls and took 141 wickets with a bowling average of 16.34. Also, David is India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Tests and among the leading wicket-taker in ODIs. She also has the best innings bowling analysis in women’s Test matches and was the first bowler for India to take 100 wickets in WODIs.
8. Jhulan Goswami
Jhulan is the fastest women bowler who has 200 ODI wickets, 50 T20 wickets, and 40 test wickets at an excellent average.
In 2008 October, Jhulan was honored with Padmashri for being the best skipper of India. As ODI bowler she has been at the highest point of the ICC’s reality rankings.
9. Harmanpreet Kaur
An allrounder bowler and batsman believes Virendra Sehwag as her idol. She is among the Indian cricketers who have signed a contract with Sydney Thunder in Australia and hit two fours and three sixes in her debut game. She also signed with Surrey Stars in ECB's Kia super league. She secured the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier title when hit a six in the last two balls.
10. Purnima Rau
Purnima is a former middle over batwoman who was an opener for years. She played 33 ODI cricket matches for India between 1993 and 2000 and 5 matches in Women’s Test cricket between 1993 and1995. Purnima Rau was the coach for India women’s cricket team and was relieved from her duties of coach of India Women’s cricket team by BCCI in 2017 without being communicated directly.
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