5 World records that were created by female cricketers before male players
The journey of women’s international cricket has come a long way since 1934 when England toured Australia and played the first women’s Test match.
Updated - May 24, 2020 8:38 pm
In today’s world, there is hardly any discipline or field where women are lagging behind men. Many women have become an inspiration for millions of others by pioneering various advancements in the field of science, medicine, technology, art, culture, entertainment and even sports. Women have caught up to men and are even performing better in various respects.
The journey of women’s international cricket has come a long way since 1934 when England toured Australia and played the first women’s Test match. The International Women’s Cricket Council was established in 1958 to co-ordinate their cricket activities. Though the journey of women’s cricket started 57 years after that of men, the fact that women’s cricket has come at par with men is certainly an impressive achievement.
The male cricketers and their female counterparts have been progressing leaps and bounds since the beginning of their respective careers. In many aspects, women cricketers have trumped their male peers and achieved various awe-inspiring records.
In this article, we will look at five records that were created by female cricketers before male players:
1. First Double Hundred in ODIs
Millions of cricket fans across the globe erupted with joy in 2010 when Sachin Tendulkar breached the 200 run mark in an ODI against South Africa in Gwalior. However, not many fans were aware that this was not an unprecedented achievement. Contrary to popular beliefs, a double hundred had already been scored in International One-Day Cricket by the Australian female cricketer Belinda Clark.
Clark scored 229 runs in 155 deliveries in a Women’s World Cup match against Denmark on December 16, 1997. She remained unbeaten till the end of the innings and scored with an impressive strike-rate of 147.74. On the back of her knock, the Australian team scored 412 runs and managed to secure a victory by 363 runs over their European opponents.
Her innings was laced with 22 elegant boundaries. Interestingly, not only did Belinda Clark trump Sachin Tendulkar to become the first International cricketer to score a double hundred in ODIs, but she also scored it at a better strike-rate as compared to Tendulkar’s 136.05. Also, she played this amazing knock in Sachin’s hometown Mumbai.