Modern-day stalwarts of the Indian women’s cricket team

The men’s cricket team has a number of players who are household names, and thanks to the IPL the players on the domestic circuit too are not far behind.

Women’s cricket has thrown up great names such as Diana Edulji, Shantha Rangaswamy and Shubhangi Kulkarni among others. We take a look at some of the most prominent ones of recent times:

Mithali Raj

With 5000+ runs in ODIs at an outstanding average of 48.82, Mithali has been India’s best batswoman ever since she made her debut 1999. She hit an unbeaten 114 on that day to signal her entry on the big stage. She once held the record of the highest score in tests when she scored 214 against England away from home. She is also a handy leg-break bowler.

Anjum Chopra

A sports enthusiast since childhood, Anjum played 127 ODIs and 12 tests for India between 1995 and 2009. She was India’s premier batswoman until the emergence of a certain Mithali Raj. Debuting as a medium pacer, it was her batting that shone bright and was an excellent fielder. As astute captain, she was the first to feature in 100 ODIs for India.

Neetu David

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One of the premier bowlers in the world during her time, she holds the distinction for the record for the best bowling figures in women’s tests with a haul of 8/53 against England in 1995. India’s highest wicket-taker in ODIs, David has terrific career bowling averages of 16.46 and 18.90 in ODIs and tests respectively.

Nooshin Al Khadeer

An off-break bowler known for maintaining a tight leash on the batswomen, Nooshin picked up 100 ODI wickets and was once ranked the world’s best bowler in women’s cricket in 2003.

Jaya Sharma

Jaya holds the record of the highest score by an Indian woman in ODIs when she scored an unbeaten 138 against Pakistan in Karachi in 2005. An attacking player, she ended up scoring more than 2000 runs in 77 ODIs and was one of India’s most dependable batswomen during her time.

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