Meg Lanning sits on top ahead of top modern-day male cricketers
Lanning has been smashing records one after the other and it doesn't seem like she's in any mood to stop any time soon!
Updated - Oct 22, 2018 7:27 pm
Australian cricketer Meg Lanning has been smashing records one after the other and it doesn’t seem like she’s in any mood to stop any time soon! While she’s already made a name for herself in women’s cricket, Lanning has given the men quite a run for their money. Recently, she became the fastest cricketer, including both men’s and women’s cricket, to score 12 international centuries.
The Australian skipper made her venture into the foray of T20 cricket in December 2010 against New Zealand. Her ODI debut came soon after in January 2011 against England and hasn’t looked back ever since. A swashbuckling batter, Lanning holds several remarkable feats to her name, including the record for most centuries by a female cricketer.
Lanning breaking gender stereotypes in cricket and how!
Meg Lanning created history the very first time that she scored a century. Playing just her 2nd international game, Lanning scored her maiden ODI century against England. This made her the youngest ever centurion for Australia, male and female sections of the game combined, at 18 years and 288 days of age. The record had previously been held by the maestro Ricky Ponting.
Recently, Lanning scored her 12th ODI century while playing against Pakistan in the second ODI of the ICC Championship match. This not only added another three-figure score to her name but also made her the fastest cricketer in the history of the game to reach that mark. The 26-year old took just 68 innings to score her 12th ton. The record had previously been held by Quinton de Kock (74 innings), followed by Hashim Amla (81 innings), Virat Kohli (83 innings) and David Warner (90 innings).
Further, Meg Lanning also has to her credit being the second-fastest to 3,000 ODI runs, with an awe-inspiring average of 53.36. The only name closest to that figure is that of Mithali Raj, who holds a batting average of 51.17. In March 2018, during Australia’s match against England in the 2017–18 India women’s Tri-Nation Series, Lanning became the first Australian, male or female, to score 2,000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals.
An absolute thrill to watch her shatter records – Meg Lanning today completed her 12th ODI Century, that too in just 68 ODI Innings.
How good is that?
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