5 Women cricketers who can get into the men’s team
These players can walk into the men's team on any given day.
Published - May 10, 2019 12:41 am | Updated - May 22, 2019 2:19 pm
Cricket has always been a male dominating sport right from the start. However, slowly but surely things are getting better for women’s cricket. The likes of Mithali Raj, Sarah Taylor, Jhulan Goswami and many more have become familiar names when it comes to women’s cricket. The women’s game has a few differences with the men’s game. The boundaries are a bit shorter, the weight of the ball is lighter but the intensity with which women play is no less than men by any means.
Harmanpreet Kaur smashing sixes against Australia in the World Cup semi-final in 2017 is still fresh in the minds of the fans and that tournament changed things for Women’s cricket in India. Women are no less inferior to the men in the talent they possess and if given a proper platform and opportunity can be as destructive as men.
As part of a campaign launched by Royal Challengers Sports Drink, there will be a unique mixed gender T20 exhibition game, in which few players from RCB team and a few international women cricketers will take part. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur are expected to be the big names participating in the game.
Here we bring you five women cricketers who could play in the same team with the men:
1. Sarah Taylor (England)
The 29-year old from London is one of the most talented players England has produced. She is a wicket-keeper who bats in the top-order in ODIs and in the middle-order in Test matches. Sarah was a part of the England sides which won the World Cup and World T20 in 2009 and has played five Ashes series. In 121 ODIs, she has scored close to 4000 runs including 7 centuries at an average of 39.18 with her highest score being 147.
She has maintained a very healthy strike rate of 82.04. She has also represented her country in 9 Tests and 89 T20 Internationals. Taylor created history by becoming the first woman to play men’s grade cricket in Australia when she appeared for Northern Districts against Port Adelaide in 2015. Apart from being a good batter, she is very agile behind the stumps.
No wonder, she can play as a wicket-keeper in any men’s team today thanks to her ability to affect lightning stumpings and superb batting.