The ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 has started with a bang. West Indies Women stunned hosts New Zealand in the opener, sealing a three-run win. South Africa Women and Australia Women registered sound wins over Bangladesh and England, respectively. Meanwhile, the Indian women’s cricket team, which reached the final of the previous edition, starts its journey against Pakistan Women from March 6 onwards. India are set to play seven matches in the group stage, and one could see several numbers get established over the course of time.
India Women under Mithali Raj are a good side, and there are several records the players and the team will be aiming to achieve in the tournament. Ahead of what is a crucial journey ahead, we present the records India Women can achieve in ODI cricket and the World Cup.
8,000 ODI runs for Mithali Raj
Indian skipper Mithali is the highest run-scorer in Women’s ODI matches. She has racked up a total of 7,623 runs at 51.85. Mithali has hammered 62 fifties and seven centuries to date. The middle-order batter has a realistic chance of becoming the first woman to aggregate 8,000 runs in ODIs. She needs 377 runs to achieve this milestone and etch her name in the record books. Mithali has played 31 matches in the Women’s World Cup (joint-third highest). She can get past JA Brittin (36 matches) to go second on the list.
Highest scorer in Women’s World Cup
Mithali is the fifth-highest scorer in the Women’s World Cup. She is behind the likes of DA Hockley (1,501), JA Brittin (1,299), CM Edwards (1,231), and BJ Clark (1,151). Mithali has scored 1,139 runs in the tournament across editions 54.23. She has smashed two tons and nine fifties. In the ongoing tourney, Mithali can become the highest scorer in the Women’s World Cup. She needs 362 runs to surpass Hockley. Meanwhile, she is also in line to be just the second batter to amass 1,500-plus runs in the World Cup after Hockley.
Highest fifty-plus scores in the World Cup
Mithali has two centuries and nine fifties, taking her tally to 11 fifty-plus scores. She holds the record for the joint-second most number of fifty-plus scores alongside Edwards, who had smashed four tons and seven fifties. The highest number of fifty-plus scores is held by Hockley (12). Mithali needs to score more to script a new record in the mega tournament.
Records the Indian Women batters can achieve
Harmanpreet Kaur has scored 2,664 runs in ODI cricket. The stylish Kaur has an average of 34.15. She needs 336 runs to become only the second Indian to surpass the 3,000-run mark in ODIs. Smriti Mandhana has scored 2,461 runs at 41.71. She needs 39 runs more to become the fourth Indian to smash 2,500-plus ODI runs. She also needs one fifty-plus score to achieve a mark of 25 (4 tons, 20 fifties). Deepti Sharma has 1,720 runs in ODIs. The all-rounder needs 280 runs to amass a mark of 2,000.
Jhulan Goswami can achieve several feats
Veteran Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami is the highest wicket-taker in ODIs. She has scalped 245 times at an average of 21.74 in ODIs. Jhulan is five wickets shy of becoming the first bowler with 250-plus wickets in Women’s ODIs. Goswami is the joint-third highest wicket-taker in the Women’s World Cup. She has claimed 36 scalps at an average of 20.02. Goswami needs four more wickets to become the top wicket-taker in WWC. LA Fulliston holds the record for most wickets in the tourney (39). Goswami has also grabbed the second-highest number of catches in the Women’s World Cup (16) and is only behind former England star Brittin (19).
Bowlers can script these numbers
Ekta Sharma has claimed 98 wickets in ODIs at 21.83. She is two shy of 100-plus wickets in ODIs. She will become only the fourth Indian bowler to achieve this mark. Poonam Yadav and Deepti have 79 wickets each in ODIs. They are in line to get past 80 ODI scalps. Only six Indian bowlers have 80-plus scalps in ODIs.