When we think of the first World Cup ever played, our minds instinctively take us back to the year 1975, however, it might be astonishing to know that it was instead the 1973 World Cup that was the first World Cup to be played, which was a women’s tournament.
With this being merely an example, male predominance has been prominent in cricket since it began, and until recent progressions, female cricket matches failed to even receive the viewership that men’s cricket enjoys.
Nevertheless, women’s cricket has grown spectacularly over the years while receiving the attention it deserves only recently, and in a landmark decision, Brazil has become the only country with a women’s team before a men’s one.
In light of that, here are 7 records currently held by women in cricket :
1. First 400+ score in ODI cricket :
Australia seemingly scripted history in Johannesburg in 2006 when they clocked a score of 434 in their quota of 50 overs against South Africa, who of course managed to chase it down with extreme efficiency.
However, the record of the first ever 400+ score actually belongs to the Australian women’s team, who thrashed Denmark in the 1997 World Cup, the very match when Belinda Clark scored her double hundred.
2. First ever ODI double hundred :
The 1997 World Cup was a tournament of landmarks, and more notably so, the Australia v Denmark match, where Australia not only clocked a 400+ score, but also the first ever ODI double hundred was scored by Belinda Clark.
Scoring a smashing 229, Belinda reached the milestone in merely 155 balls, and is currently one of the most revered of Australian cricketers.
3. Quickest half-century in ICC Finals in any format :
Hardik Pandya scored 50 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy final in 2017 against Pakistan in 32 balls, but the record was broken by Alyssa Healy in the final of the recently concluded World T20, where she steered Australia into command against India with a domineering 50 off just 30 balls.
4. Most World Cup and World T20 Cups won :
Both these records are held by Australia women as they have won the 50 over World Cup and the T20 World Cup record 6 and 5 times respectively, with the last 50 over win coming in 2013 and the T20 win coming in March 2020.
5. Youngest player to score double century as well as the fastest double century in history :
Amelia Kerr, aged 17 years and 243 days, smashed a double century against Ireland in 2018 from just 145 balls, breaking a 21 year old record made by Belinda Clark, while also etching her name on history as the youngest player- male or female, to clock a double hundred in ODI cricket. It also was the fastest double century ever scored in the game.
Another record relating to this was the youngest player to make a century, and that belongs to a woman too, Mithali Raj, who scored one on debut at the age of 16.
6. Most consecutive wins in T20 internationals :
Afghanistan in 2019 clocked a mammoth of 12 consecutive T20 international wins, breaking the record in men’s cricket.
However, 6 years prior to that, from 30th October, 2011 to 15th September, 2012, the England women’s cricket team registered a total of 14 consecutive T20 international wins.
However, currently, it is the Thailand women’s cricket team that holds the record with a 17 match consecutive winning streak.
7. First Player to score hundred runs and 10 wickets in a single Test match :
In February, 1958, Australian player Betty Wilson became the first player ever to score hundred runs and take 10 scalps in a test match, scoring a total of 112 runs and 11/16 against England.
The first male player, Ian Botham, only achieved the feat after two years, and other than him, the feat only has been accomplished by Alan Davidson, Imran Khan, and Shakib Al Hasan.