Cricket is always relevant in India. Citizens of the nation completely resonate with the game. They love cricket and also the people that play it. But their craze for cricket is not only limited to Men’s cricket. Indians also support their women’s cricket team and cheer for the players. Although women’s cricket in India is not as enormous as men’s cricket teams, it has been substantially growing throughout the past few years. With various domestic matches being held, Indian players are performing better at the game. Recently, the Indian women’s team just won the silver medal in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Under the captaincy of Harmanpreet Kaur, the Indian female cricketers have been performing exceptionally well, especially their batters. With so many Indian women’s team batters featuring in the ICC Women’s Batting Rankings, it is hard to choose and find out who are the top batters currently in the team. So, we have tried to rank the top 5 female batters according to t20 world cup update news:
Coming first on our list of Best Batters In Indian Women Cricket Team is the left-handed batter Smriti Mandhana. Born on 18 July 1996 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Smriti Mandhana made her debut in Test cricket on 13 August 2014 and has played three other Test matches since then, scoring a total of 325 runs in 7 innings. On 5 April 2013, Smriti Mandhana played the first match of her international career in a WT20I game against Bangladesh. And then, five days later, on 10 April 2013, Smriti Mandhana also made her WODI debut in the same series against Bangladesh as well. Till now, Smriti Mandhana has played a total of 74 WODI matches and scored 2,892 runs, including five centuries and 23 half-centuries, with an average of 42.25 and a strike rate of 84. In WT20Is, Smriti has played 94 matches and scored 2,294 runs, including 17 half-centuries, at an average of 27.30 and a strike rate of nearly 123. Smiti Mandhana has also scored a century and a couple of half-centuries in Women’s Test cricket.
The current Indian women’s team’s captain in all formats is ranked second on our list of top batters in the Indian cricket team. The aggressive right-handed batter was born on 8 March 1989 in Moga, Punjab, India. She made her Indian team debut against Pakistan on 7 March 2009 in an ODI match. Then, she went on to make her Women’s T20I debut against England on 11 June 2009. And after five years of her cricketing career, Harmanpreet finally got to play a Women’s Test match against England on 13 August 2014. In her 13-year-long Women’s ODI career, she has scored 3,101 runs, including four centuries and 16 half-centuries, in 121 matches and has a batting average and strike rate of 36.05 and 71.64, respectively. In WT20Is, she has played 131 games and scored a total of 2,597 runs, including one century and eight half-centuries, at an average of nearly 28.
The Indian female batter capturing the third spot on our list of best female batters in Indian Women’s Cricket is Deepti Sharma. The premier Indian female all-rounder was born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 24 August 1997. She represented her country for the first time on 28 November 2014 in a Women’s ODI match against South Africa. And then, on 31 January 2016, she played her first Women’s T20I match against Australia. Deepti Sharma has played 77 WODI matches and scored 1808 runs, including one century and 11 half-centuries, at an average and strike rate of 34.76 and 64.5, respectively. In her 6-year-long Women’s T20I career, she has participated in 68 matches and scored 619 runs at an average of 22.92 and a strike rate of nearly 96. Additionally, Deepti Sharma has also played 2 Women’s Test matches and scored 152 runs in them.
The young right-handed batter, Shafali Verma, holds the fourth spot on our list of best batters in the Indian women’s cricket team. Born on 28 January 2004 in Rohtak, Haryana, India, Shafali Varma made her debut on the international stage in a Women’s T20I match on 24 September 2019 against South Africa. And on 27 June 2021, she played the first Women’s ODI match of her career against England. A few days prior to that, she also got a chance to represent her country in the longest format of the game. In her young career, she has played 2 Women’s Test matches, 18 Women’s ODI matches and 39 Women’s T20I matches, and scored 242 runs, 522 runs and 920 runs, respectively. Still, at the age of 18 years old, Shafali Verma has already scored ten half-centuries and plays as an opener consistently.
Jemimah Rodrigues is in the last spot on our list of best batters in the Indian women’s cricket team. Born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, on 5 September 2000, Jemimah Rodrigues played her first match for India in a Women’s T20I match against South Africa on 13 February 2018. And in the next month, she made her Women’s ODI debut against Australia on 12 March 2018. The right-handed batter has played a total of 21 Women’s ODI matches and scored 394 runs, including three half-centuries, at an average of 19.70 and strike rate of nearly 69. Her WT20I record is far more impressive, with 58 matches played and 1,273 runs scored, including seven half-centuries, at an average of 29.6 and a strike rate of above 111. Although she is yet to represent her country in Women’s Tests, she has impressed everyone with her shot-making skills.
These five batters are currently representing the Indian women’s team and have shown dominating performances on the international stage. They have proved time and again their mettle and calibre by performing in foreign soils, and Cricket World Cup matches. They have made the whole nation proud.
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