Cricket is often won by individual efforts. It is a team game. Behind all the heroics, we have experienced voices who instill the confidence, the belief, and the detailing. A part of the side bats, other bowls, and the younger blood fields well while older guns use their match experience.
One of the most influential lots that have risen alongside One-day matches are All-rounders. The first world cup that India got in 1983 saw an exemplary Kapil Dev and the wait ended after 28 years on shoulders of another all-rounder. One of the biggest achievements for a player can be to contribute with both bat and ball. All-rounders get an edge in this respect and have the skills to bat and ball their side to a win. 1000 runs off the bat and 100 wickets from the ball are markers of great skills and character. We may recall the elite lot of all-rounders in female cricket who have scored more than a thousand runs and taken over 100 wickets.
Lisa Sthalekar was one of the Aussie pillars to have played the game for 12 years. She played 125 matches and got 2728 runs in her career. Her highest stint with the bat was getting a century against her name. Her batting average was 30 alongside the two centuries. She had 146 wickets with a fifer. Her bowling average was 24.9.
From India, J Goswami is the first and the only entry. She played cricket from 2002 and has 182 ODIs already. She had 1076 runs in her bag with the highest half-century. She was fearsome with the ball and got 225 wickets with two five-wicket hauls. Her bowling average was 21.
From the island nation of Sri Lanka, we have Shashikala Siriwardene whose career started a year later than Jhulan. She was in 118 matches and got 2029 runs. Her highest contribution with the bat was a healthy 68. She took 124 wickets with an average of 28.
From the birthplace of the game, we have Jenny Gunn who started a year later of Siriwardene. She has featured in 144 matches and has 1629 runs off the bat. Her best knock was 73. She has 136 wickets with impressive two five-wicket hauls. Her average with the ball is interestingly 28.
Another legend from the sub-continent comes from Pakistan. Sana Mir made her debut in 2005 and has played in 120 matches. She got 1630 runs off her bat for the women in green. Her highest score was 52. She has whopping 151 wickets and a five-wicket haul. With a bowling average of less than 25, she has been one of the pillars of the Pakistani side.
Perry comes to the list next. Not a lot of introduction is needed for her account. She debuted in 2007 and has featured in 112 matches. She has impressive 3000 plus runs with her bat. She has two centuries and a mind-blowing average of 52. On the balling front, she has 152 wickets with a best of 7 for 22. She has three five-wicket hauls to her name alongside an average of 24.3.
Women in maroon have Stafanie Taylor in this elite club. She made her debut in 2009 and has now featured in 126 matches. She is a batting star for the side with 4754 runs with five centuries and an average of 44. Moreover, she has 142 wickets in her account as well. Her bowling average is impressive 21.
Dane Van Niekerk
From Proteas, we have Dane van Niekerk who made her debut in 2009. She has played in 102 matches and got 2115 runs for her team. With one century, she has a batting average of 36.5. She has 130 wickets and two five-wicket hauls. Her bowling average is impressive at 19.6.
Next name comes from South Africa as well. M Kapp has played 108 matches after making her debut in 2009. She has 1834 runs to her name. Her best knock was an unbeaten century. She has got 123 wickets to her tally and an average of 23.4.
All these names and their incredible numbers are a reply to people who feel a lack of skills in women’s cricket. There are no less but will be way more.
|LC Sthalekar (AUS-W)||2001-2013||125||2728||146|
|J Goswami (IND-W)||2002-2019||182||1076||225|
|HASD Siriwardene (SL-W)||2003-2019||118||2029||124|
|JL Gunn (ENG-W)||2004-2019||144||1629||136|
|Sana Mir (PAK-W)||2005-2019||120||1630||151|
|EA Perry (AUS-W)||2007-2019||112||3022||152|
|SR Taylor (WI-W)||2008-2019||126||4754||142|
|D van Niekerk (SA-W)||2009-2020||102||2115||130|
|M Kapp (SA-W)||2009-2020||108||1834||123|
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