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Women’s Day Special: Top 5 Indian women cricketers to have made name in ‘gentleman’s game’

Mithali Raj during press conferenceOn this Women’s Day let us celebrate their day with a short tribute them. In male dominating society, women of our country are no less. They have proved it many times by achieving even higher standards than men. Sometimes women have achieved what men haven’t. This term has been in the field of cricket too.

Here are list of Top 5 Indian Women Cricketers who have dominated this gentleman’s game:

• Mithali Raj – India’s current women’s team captain for test and One Day Internationals, she has been Mrs. Terrific for the Women’s team. She is what Virat Kohli is for men’s team. The 34-year-old Rajasthan-born player has played 10 tests, 172 ODIs and 63 T20s for her country. In those 10 tests she has scored 663 at an average of 51 with 1 hundred and 4 half centuries. Her best score in test cricket is 214 that came against the England women team. In 172 One Day Internationals she has scored 5614 runs at an average of 51.03 with 5 centuries and 43 fifties. Her best score in 50 over format is 114 not out that came against the Ireland. In the shortest format of the game Mithali has scored 1708 runs from 63 matches at an average of 37.95 with 10 half centuries to her name. Mithali Raj won the Arjuna Award in 2003 for her outstanding achievement in cricket and in 2015 Government of India awarded her with the Padma Shri – the fourth highest Civilian Award.

• Harmanpreet Kaur - The current T20 captain of India Women’s team, this Punjab-born cricketer has played only 2 test for India. But she has contributed immense in the shorter formats of the game. This 27-year-old player has played 64 One Day International matches in that she had scored 1632 runs at an average of 34 with 2 hundreds and 8 half centuries. Her best score of 107 not out came against the England in Mumbai. In T20s, she has scored 1223 runs at an average of 24.95 with 4 half centuries. Harmanpreet was the first women cricket from India to play in the Australia’s Women Big Bash League in the season of 2016 and 2017. She played for the Sydney Thunders in that season.

• Jhulan Goswami – This fast bowling all rounder form West Bengal is one of the best players in Indian women team. Her contributions in all the 3 formats have been great for the team. The 34-year-old all-rounder has played 10 tests and scored 283 runs at an average of 25.72 with 2 fifties. Her best score of score of 69 runs came against the England Women. She has also taken 40 wickets in those then 10 test matches with average of 16.62 and economy rate of 2.02 and her best figures in an innings is 5 wickets for 25 runs in 20 overs while he best figures in a match is 10 wickets for 78 runs. In ODIs Jhulan has played 151 matches and scored 919 runs with an average of 13.71. She has one 50 to her name in ODIs. She has picked up 177 wickets from 151 games at an average of 22.09 and economy rate of 3.19. Her best match figure in ODIs is 6 wickets for 31 runs that came against the Kiwis Women team. In the shortest format Jhulan has played 60 T20s and scored 391 runs and she has picked up 50 wickets at an average of 20 and economy rate of 5.25. Now, she is the second highest Indian women's wicket-taker behind Neetu David. Goswami won the ICC cricketer of the year award in 2007, Arjuna Award in 2010 and Padma Shri award in 2012.

• Anjum Chopra – The former captain of India Women’s team, has played 12 tests, 127 ODIs and 18 T20 matches for India. In tests she scored 548 runs from 12 matches at an average of 30.44 with 4 fifties to her name. Her best score of 98 runs came against the England Women’s team. In 127 ODIs, she has scored 2856 runs at an average of 31.38 with one century and 18 fifties to her name. In T20s Anjum has played 18 matches and scored 241 runs at an average of 17.21. Anjum was class player with elegance. In her career she has won many awards like Padma Shri in 2014, Arjuna Award in 2007, ICC cricketer of the year thrice in the year of 2000, 2005 and 2009 and many more. She was the first Women Cricketer to score an ODI hundred for India. She was the 1st women test captain to win a test series abroad. In her captaincy India won the test series against South Africa in 2002. She was first captain to whitewash and win a series at home. India won against England 5-0 in her captaincy. She has played most world cup matches for India. She was the first India Women Cricketer to be appointed as Cricket South Africa women's team technical consultant in 2012–2013.

• Daina Edulji - The Mumbai-born cricketer played test cricket for the Indian Women’s team. Daina was a successful slow left-arm orthodox bowler. In 20 test matches she picked up 63 wickets at an average 25.77 and economy rate of 1.85 with 1 five-wicket haul and 2 four-wicket hauls. Her best figures in test match cricket were 6 wickets for 64 runs that came against the Australian. Add to that Daina has scored 404 runs as well. In 34 One Day International the former cricketer picked up 46 wickets at an average of 16.34 and economy rate of 2.37, with 1 four -wicket haul. In ODIs too she has contributed with the bat. She has scored 211 runs in her ODI career