Four Australians in the ICC Women’s World Cup Most Valuable Team, but no Indians

Four players from winner Australia were named to the ICC Women’s World Cup’s ‘Most Valuable Team,’ while none from Mithali Raj’s Indian team made the list after their stunning group exit.

 

Australia Crowned World Champions beating England by 71 Runs in Final. PC: ICC/Getty Images
Australia Crowned World Champions beating England by 71 Runs in Final. PC: ICC/Getty Images

 

Cricket’s popularity and approval as a suitable activity for women fluctuated. The Australian Women’s Cricket Council (AWCC) was founded in 1931 to develop and assist women’s cricket in Australia. England and Australia played the first international matches in the 1930s. As evident in online cricket betting sites in Indian rupees, cricket is immensely popular in India. Although women’s cricket does not match up to men’s cricket, it is finally starting to gain some popularity and becoming an incredible success story. One of the most famous Indian women cricketers is definitely Smriti Mandhana who has stolen the hearts of many youngsters. She is an active member of Team India and has also taken part in the Women’s world cups. She made her first international appearance for both limited-over formats around seven years ago. Other mentionable names include Priya Punia, Veda Krishnamurthy, and Harleen Deol.

Four Australians made the MVT announced by the ICC on Monday, including Player of the Tournament Alyssa Healy, the wicketkeeper-cum-opening batsman who smashed a record 170 from 138 balls in the final against England on Sunday.

 

Alyssa Healy's 170 Runs in World Cup Final broke several records. PC: ICC/Getty Images
Alyssa Healy’s 170 Runs in World Cup Final broke several records. PC: ICC/Getty Images

 

Meg Lanning, Australia’s captain, was appointed to the roster, along with her deputy Rachael Haynes and Beth Mooney. Haynes finished the World Cup with 497 runs, second only to Healy (509), with 130 of those coming in their first game against England. Haynes was selected to bat at number four, with Healy and South African Laura Wolvaardt joining her at the top.

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Wolvaardt, who scored five half-centuries as the Proteas advanced to the semi-finals, is one of three South Africans selected, along with Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail.

The XI includes two players from the runners-up England team, Sophie Ecclestone and Nat Sciver, as well as one player from the West Indies, Hayley Matthews, and Bangladesh, Salma Khatun.

Khatun, a Bangladeshi off-spinner, had taken 10 wickets in seven outings with an average of 22.40. She plays as a right-handed batter and right-arm off break bowler. Between 2008 until 2020, she was the captain of Bangladesh, captaining the team in their inaugural One Day International and Twenty20 International.

Charlie Dean was ranked the team’s 12th best player. Charlie Dean, who was introduced to the game by her father, has progressed steadily since joining the Hampshire setup at the age of ten.

India, the runners-up in the 2017 World Cup, failed to impress at the World Cup, which finished on Sunday in New Zealand, and were eliminated following a three-wicket loss to South Africa in their final group stage encounter.

ICC Women's World Cup 2022 - Most Valuable Team of the tournament
ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 – Most Valuable Team of the tournament

 

On Sunday, Australia beat England by 71 runs at Hagley Oval in Christchurch to earn their record-extending sixth World Cup title.

Meg Lanning (c), Alyssa Healy (wk), Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney (all Australia); Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp, Shabnim Ismail (all South Africa); Sophie Ecclestone, Nat Sciver (both England), Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Salma Khatun (West Indies); Sophie Ecclestone, Nat Sciver (both England), Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Salm (Bangladesh).
Charlie Dean is the 12th player (England).

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