Best Indian Women Cricketers of All Time

India has a long and proud history of cricket. The men’s team is one of the best in the world, and the women’s team is quickly catching up. In this article, we will take a look at some of the best Indian women cricketers of all time. These talented women have made their country proud and inspired many young girls to take up this exciting sport.

 

Team India clean sweeps ODI series 3-0 against Sri Lanka. PC: Twitter
Team India clean sweeps ODI series 3-0 against Sri Lanka. PC: Twitter

 

Mithali Raj

Mithali Raj is a legend of Indian women’s cricket. She made her debut in 1999 and has since played over 300 matches for the national team. Raj is a gifted batsman who has scored over 10,000 runs in her career. She was also the captain of the Indian women’s team, and her leadership has been crucial to the team’s success. She has been an inspiration to all the girls who ever dreamed of playing sports. 

Raj started playing cricket at the age of 10 and made her international debut in 1999, when she was just 16 years old. She quickly established herself as a key member of the Indian team and was appointed captain in 2004. Under her leadership, India reached the finals of the 2015 and 2017 Women’s World Cups. Raj retired from Test cricket in 2018, but continued to play limited overs cricket for India. In 2019, she became the first player to score 7,000 runs in women’s international cricket. Raj was honoured with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award, in 2015. In 2022, Raj retired from all forms of International cricket. 

Jhulan Goswami

Jhulan Goswami is widely regarded as one of the best Indian female cricketers of all time. She made her debut for the national team in 2002 and has since played over 250 matches. Goswami is a versatile player who can bowl both pace and spin. She is also a useful batswoman, and her all-round ability has made her an invaluable member of the team. 

Jhulan has taken over 300 International wickets and was one of the fastest women bowlers of all time. She has been honored with the Padma Shri in 2012. A movie based on her life is currently in development

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Harmanpreet Kaur

Harmanpreet Kaur is a relative newcomer to the Indian women’s cricket team, but she has already made a big impact. She made her debut in 2009 and has played over 200 matches for the national team. Kaur is an explosive batsman who is capable of hitting huge sixes. She is also a useful bowler, and her all-round ability has made her an important member of the team. Kaur currently captains the Indian women’s team in all formats. 

Anjum Chopra

Anjum Chopra is a former Indian cricketer. She played 12 Test matches and 127 One Day Internationals for India. She was the first woman cricketer from India to play 100 ODIs. Chopra made her Test debut against England in 1995, scoring 27 runs in the first innings. She played her last Test match against England in November 2006. In July 2005, she scored her maiden ODI century against Sri Lanka. She announced her retirement from international cricket in 2012. Since retiring from playing cricket, Chopra has worked as a television commentator and cricket analyst.

Smriti Mandhana

Smriti Mandhana is one of the best Indian women cricketers. She made her debut for the Indian national team in 2013 and has since played a vital role in the team’s successes. A left-handed batsman, Mandhana is known for her aggressive batting style and ability to score runs quickly. She has represented India in both Test and One Day International (ODI) cricket, and was member of the Indian team that participated in the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup. 

Mandhana made her first-class debut for Maharashtra in 2013, and her List A debut for the state later that year. In 2014, she was named the Best Woman Cricketer of the Year by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Mandhana has been praised by many, including former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, who described her as a “natural talent”.

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Neetu David

Neetu David is a former Indian cricketer who represented India in Test and One Day International matches. She played as an all-rounder, batting right-handed and bowling left-arm off spin. David made her Test debut against New Zealand in 1995 and played her final Test match eleven years later against England. In between, she played in 25 Test matches and took 41 wickets at an average of 18.90. Neetu has the distinction of being the first Indian women bowler to take 100 ODI wickets.

Veda Krishnamurthy

Veda Krishnamurthy is an Indian cricketer who plays for the India women’s cricket team. She made her One Day International debut against England in September 2011 and her T20I debut against Australia in June 2011. Krishnamurthy started playing cricket at the age of eleven and was selected to play for Karnataka’s Under-19 team in 2009. She made her senior debut for Karnataka in the 2010–11 season and scored her maiden century in the 2012–13 season. Krishnamurthy was a member of the Indian team that reached the final of the 2017 Women’s Cricket World Cup.

Shikha Pandey

Shikha Pandey is an Indian international cricketer who plays as a right-arm medium-fast bowler. She made her One Day International debut against England in August 2014. She has participated in the 2018 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 and the 2022 ICC Women’s World Cup. Pandey has represented India in 55 ODIs and 56 Twenty20 Internationals. She has also played for the Indian Railways women’s cricket team.

Conclusion

These are just some of the best Indian women cricketers of all time. These talented women have inspired many young girls to take up this exciting sport. They have also made their country proud and are sure to continue doing so in the future. For more amazing cricket articles and live cricket score, follow Cricwall.

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