Curtains were drawn on the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup on Sunday in New Zealand. Eight teams locked horns against each other across 31 matches from March 4 to April 3. This edition of the World Cup was characterized by some nail-biting thrillers and some riveting contests. There were some upsets as well as some surprise performances witnessed over the last one month. Dissecting the mega event with the help of statistics, we bring to you the top performers of the tournament.
Most Runs and Highest Score in Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
Australia’s Alyssa Healy top scored with 509 runs in nine matches. The right handed opening batter averaged 56.56 and scored at a strike rate of 103.67. The swashbuckling batter hit 69 boundaries and a six in total. Her count of 69 boundaries is the highest by any player in this World Cup. She also registered the highest score in the competition with a blistering 170 off 138 balls in the finals against England. She completed the tournament with two centuries and as many half-centuries.
Best Batting Average in Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
Australia’s Beth Mooney had the best batting average at the end of the tournament. The left-handed middle order batter muscled 330 runs in nine matches at a breathtaking average of 110. She remained not out in six out of her nine innings. The southpaw registered a couple of half-centuries including the best of 66 not out against Bangladesh.
Top 5 scores in an innings in Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
Most Fifties in Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt scored five half-centuries which was the highest in this World Cup. The right-handed opening batter registered four consecutive half-centuries and was the leading run-getter for her team. She had the best score of 90 against Australia in the competition.
Australia’s Alyssa Healy and England’s Natalie Sciver had two centuries each, which was the highest in this World Cup. While Healy plundered 509 runs in nine matches, Sciver accumulated 436 in nine matches. Both these batters mustered centuries in the finals.
Highest Team Totals in World Cup 👇
356/5- 🇦🇺AUS vs 🏴ENG
317/8- 🇮🇳IND vs 🌴WI
310/3- 🇦🇺AUS vs 🏴ENG
305/3- 🇦🇺AUS vs 🌴WI
298/8- 🏴ENG vs 🇦🇺AUS#CWC22
— Female Cricket #CWC22 (@imfemalecricket) April 5, 2022
Best Strike Rate in Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
With a scintillating strike rate of 137.14, Australia’s Ashleigh Gardner had the best strike rate in this World Cup. The right handed attacking middle order batter pummeled 96 runs in five innings, including the best of 48 not out against New Zealand.
Top 5 batting strike rates
Most wickets, Best Bowling Average, and Best Bowling Figures in Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
England’s Sophie Ecclestone was the leading wicket-taker in this World Cup. The left-arm spinner scalped 21 wickets in nine matches at an average of 15.62 and an economy of 3.84. Her average of 15.62 was the best bowling average in the competition. She also had the best bowling figures in the tournament, thanks to her 6-36 in eight overs against South Africa in the semi-finals. It was also her ODI career-best bowling figure and best figures for England in the history of Women’s Cricket World Cups.
Best Bowling Strike Rate in Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
India’s Pooja Vastrakar had the best bowling strike rate in this World Cup. She bowled 39 overs and picked up 10 wickets at an average of 18.30. She conceded 183 runs at an economy of 4.69 and a strike rate of 23.40.
Best Economy in Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022
India’s Poonam Yadav had the best bowling economy in this World Cup. She was featured in just one match against Bangladesh. The leg spinner bowled seven overs and conceded 25 runs at an economy of 3.57.
I am a former cricketer having represented Mumbai University at All India University level. I was a part of MCA probables for the U-19 and U-23 age group. I have been an avid cricket writer for the last five years. Currently I am pursuing my Ph.D from IIT Bombay.