Top 5 – Most nervous nineties in Women’s International Cricket

In our series of statistical analysis on women’s cricket, today we talk about most dismissals in nervous nineties, a list where no cricketer would ever want to feature. These batters have either got out, falling prey to the psychological pressure of being in the ‘nervous nineties’ or stayed not-out in the last digit of the double-figure. Who are they? Let’s take a look. 

5) Belinda Clark – 4 Times

Belinda Clark is one of the legends in Women’s International Cricket. She has played 118 matches with 4844 runs for Australia. Her infamous knock of 229* in the 1997 Women’s World Cup is still fresh in the minds of Cricket fans. But, she has been a victim of the ‘nervous nineties’ with having 4 scores of 90s in her ODI career.

Belinda Clark
Belinda Clark smashed an unbeaten 229 off just 155 balls to propel Australia to a mammoth total of 412 for 3 against Denmark © Getty Images

4) Ellyse Perry – 4 Times

Another Australian woman on this list is Ellyse Perry. Ellyse Perry is one of the key players in the Aussie side and is currently the best all-rounder in Women’s Cricket. Representing Australia over 200 International matches, Perry has over 5000 runs and close to 300 wickets. She has 2 ODI centuries but has missed the three-figure mark on 4 occasions by getting out in the nervous nineties.

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3) Charlotte Edwards – 4 Times

The English cricketer has played over 300 International games for England and has a more than decent average of 30+ in each of the 3 formats. Her best innings came against Ireland in the 1997 World Cup, when she scored an unbeaten 173. She has 9 centuries in her ODI career which would have been 13 had she not been dismissed 4 times in the nineties. She also has one 90+ score in T20Is when she scored 92* against Australia.

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Charlotte Edwards - Female Cricketer
Charlotte Edwards – Female Cricketer

2) Stafanie Taylor – 5 Times

A veteran of 223 international matches, Taylor averages an impressive 43 in ODIS and 36 in T20Is. She is the youngest woman to reach 1000 ODI runs. Taylor made her highest score against Sri Lanka in the 2013 Women’s World Cup where she scores a sumptuous 171. She successfully led her side to the T20 World Cup title and was also adjudged as the Player of the Tournament. She has 5 ODI centuries with missing the much revered triple score 4 times and once in T20 International. She has 5 nervous nineties scores in ODIs and T20Is.

1) Mithali Raj – 6 Times

Arguably India’s greatest batswoman, Mithali Raj is a legend of Indian Cricket. Raj is the leading run-scorer in Women’s ODI cricket. With a sound batting technique and almost perfect timing, she makes batting look easy. The only woman to play 2 decades in International Cricket, Raj has 7 ODI centuries to her name. She has 5 scores of 90s in her ODI career and one unbeaten 97 in the T20I.

Stats as on 1st Nov, 2019. This list is compiled by Chinmay Palshetkar

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