Let’s meet Super-Women of Cricket


Women are shining all over the world. Time and again they are achieving milestones and breaking records. In sports, specifically in cricket, they also show their leadership skills by commanding their sides.

Recently, International Cricket Council (ICC) has acknowledged the achievements of women cricket teams and players by launching the rankings.

The first-ever women cricket match was played between two villages of England, Bramley and Hambledon, on 26th July, 1745.

The inaugural women world cup was held in 1973, two years before first men world cup.

Women cricket grew with slow pace after that. In 2005, International Women Cricket Council (IWCC) and International Cricket Council (ICC) got merged and the popularity reached to the next level after that.

Recently, ICC launched women’s team ranking. The top 10 teams and their captains are listed below in which Pakistan stand seventh.

ICC Women’s Team Rankings (as on 1 October 2015)

Ranking         Team              Points
1                      Australia         134
2                      England           124
3                      New Zealand   109
4                      India                105
5                      West Indies     99
6                      South Africa   92
7                      Pakistan          81
8                      Sri Lanka        74
9                      Bangladesh     57
10                    Ireland             26

 

10) Ireland

Currently, Ireland is on number 10 in women’s team ranking with 26 points. The captain of this emerging team is Isobel Joyce, 32. Her brother Edmund Joyce plays for Ireland men’s team as an opener.

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9) Bangladesh

With 57 points, Bangladesh is on number 9. The captain of Bangladesh team is young Jahanara Alam who is just 22 years old. She bats and bowls right-handedly.

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8) Srilanka

Sri Lanka is on number 8 with 74 point. The team is currently leading by 30 years old Shashikala Siriwardena.

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7) Pakistan

With 81 points Pakistan is on number 7, the team is currently being led by Sana Mir. Pakistan won two gold medals in Asian games under her captaincy and she is currently on number 6 in women’s bowling ranking.

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26 years old Mignon Du Preez currently leading the South African women team in all three formats, Proteas are on number 6 with 92 points.

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5) West Indies

Stafanie Taylor currently leading the emerging West Indian team, with 99 points they are on number 5.

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4) India      

With 105 points, India is currently on number 4. The side is led by Mithali Raj who is also known as ‘Lady Sachin’. She is the second woman ever to score 5000 runs in women’s ODI cricket.

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3) New Zealand 

With 109 points Kiwi’s are on number 3 under the captaincy of Suzie Bates, apart from being a captain she plays a vital role through her batting and bowling for her team.

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2) England  

With 124 points, England is on number 2 because of their experienced captain Charlotte Edwards, 36. She is highest run-scorer in women cricket ever with 5885 runs in ODI’s and and 2354 in T20.

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1) Australia

With 134 points, Australia under the captaincy of Meg Lanning is the number 1 team of the world. The Australian captain plays as an opener at an average of 47.21.

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