The 2022 edition of the ICC Women’s World Cup ended on Sunday with Australia powering past England. The Aussies maintained their 100% win rate in the tournament, winning the final by a whopping 71 runs. Riding on Alyssa Healy’s masterful 170, the Aussie Women posted a mammoth 356/5 in 50 overs. In response, England Women saw Natalie Sciver smash an unbeaten century, but it went in vain. Australia have now sealed a seventh World Cup win. Before this victory, they had won the tournament in 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2005, and 2013.
The 2022 World Cup was a sensational tourney, and with it coming to an end, we highlight the major records that were smashed in the tournament held in New Zealand.
Records registered by Alyssa Healy
Healy smashed a sensational 170 in the final, winning hearts of millions across the world. The senior Aussie batter smashed 26 fours, having faced138 deliveries and had a strike rate of 138.19. Healy has now amassed 2,639 runs at an average of 36.65. This was her fifth ODI hundred, including the best score in ODI cricket.
The Aussie opener has surpassed the 600-run mark in the Women’s World Cup (607). She averages 50.58. The 170-run effort was her second century in the World Cup. Healy has become the seventh Australia Women cricketer to surpass 600 World Cup runs. In the ICC World Cup 2022 event, Healy finished as the highest run-scorer. She hammered 509 runs, averaging 56.55.
Healy’s brilliant 170 is now the sixth-highest individual score in a World Cup event. Only BJ Clark (229*), A Athapaththu (178*), CM Edwards (173*), Harmanpreet Kaur (171*), and SR Taylor (171) have scored more runs in an innings. The match-winning 170 is also the highest individual score in the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup across men and women. She bettered Adam Gilchrist’s 149 versus Sri Lanka in 2007.
Healy’s 509 runs in the event is the highest tally in a single edition of the ICC Women’s World Cup. Following Healy was her teammate Rachael Haynes, who slammed 497 runs.
She finished as the second-best scorer. The two Aussie batters went on to break a 25-year-old record set by Debbie Hockley, who managed 456 runs in 1997.
As per ESPNcricinfo, Healy’s 170 in the final of the event versus England is now the second-highest score in ODIs for Australia. The opener is only behind Belinda Clark’s 229* in the 1997 World Cup against Denmark. Healy’s 170 is also the highest score by any batter against England in ODIs, going past Clark’s 146* in the year 2000. The report adds Healy has also become the first player to score two hundreds in the knockouts of an ODI World Cup.
England’s Natalie Sciver and Sophie Ecclestone register these records
Sciver played a superb 148*-run knock in the final, but it wasn’t enough. Sciver went on to smash 15 fours and a six. She has raced to a total of 2,711 runs in ODIs at 41.70. This was her fifth century in ODIs, besides the best score as well. She got past the 800-run mark in ICC Women’s World Cup (805). Interestingly, Sciver is now the fourth England cricketer to score 800—plus runs in the WC. She also slammed her fourth World Cup century.
Sciver ended the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 with a tally of 436 runs. She had an average of 72.66 in the tourney. Sciver slammed two centuries and a fifty. She was one of the four players in the World Cup 2022 with 400-plus runs.
English spinner Sophie Ecclestone (21) went on to claim the most number of wickets in the Women’s World Cup 2022. She averaged a miserly 15.61. She has become just the third bowler in the Women’s World Cup to take 20-plus wickets after Lyn Fullston (23 in 1982) and Neetu David (20 in 2005).
Records scripted by Indian players
Mithali Raj (1,321) got past Janette Brittin (1,299) to become the second-highest run-scorer in the history of the ICC Women’s World Cup. She managed to score 182 runs across 7 matches. Jhulan Goswami, who scalped 7 wickets in 6 matches, surpassed the 250-wicket mark in her ODI career. She became the first cricketer to do so. Smriti Mandhana managed to amass the most runs for India in the 2022 World Cup (327). Rajeshwari Gayakad helped claim the most wickets (11). Indian wicket-keeper Richa Ghosh made her presence felt with the most number of dismissals (13).
Australia Women registered the highest total by a team in the Women’s World Cup final (356/5 vs ENG). This is the best total in the final of the World Cup history (men and women). This score was Australia’s first 300-plus score in a World Cup final. This was the 16th-highest score in Women’s ODIs. It is Australia’s third-highest score in ODIs as well.