It is a dream for all budding cricketers to represent their country in the World Cup one day. Players who get to represent their country in even one World Cup consider themselves lucky.
However, those who keep up the consistency and go on to play in multiple World Cups, become living legends. Batters, who have been able to do so, often go on to amass more than 1000 runs in World Cups itself.
There are a lot of players in men’s cricket who have achieved this unique feat; 17 to be precise. However, when it comes to women’s cricket, only 5 women have been able to achieve this special feat in all these years. Let us now have a look at those 5 players.
#5) Debbie Hockley (New Zealand)
New Zealand’s Debbie Hockley is still the highest run getter in World Cups even after 17 years of her retirement. She has a total of 1501 runs in 45 World cup matches at an average of 42.88, the only player to amass 1500 runs and play over 40 matches in World Cups. Moreover, she has scored two hundreds and 10 fifties combined in WC.
Her achievements were not limited to World Cups only as she was also the first woman to score 4000 ODI runs and play 100 ODIs as well. Her career spanned 18 years between 1982 and 2000.
In that period, she scored a total of 4064 runs in 118 ODIs that included 4 hundreds and 34 fifties. Her Test numbers, unlike other women, were highly impressive as well. She boasted an average of 52.04 in 19 Tests that included 4 centuries as well.
All these monumental achievements led her to be elected as the first woman President of New Zealand Cricket in November 2016.
#4) Janette Brittin (England)
England’s Janette Brittin is second in the list of players with most runs in women’s World Cup history. She had a 15-year long career for England which spanned between 1982 and 1997.
She was the leading run-scorer for England in ODIs until 2003 as well. Brittin scored a total of 2121 runs in 63 ODIs that included five centuries and eight fifties. Interestingly, four of those hundreds and three of those fifties came in World Cup matches. Her highest score in World Cups is 138*.
Moreover, no one has ever been able to better her Test tally of 1935 runs in 27 matches. And when it comes to her number of Test hundreds and fifties, it stands at the top of the list as well. Her record of 5 Test hundreds and 11 fifties remains unbroken even after 20 years of her retirement.
#3) Charlotte Edwards (England)
The third on the list is again an England player, Charlotte Edwards. She is a legend of the game, being the leading run-scorer for England in women’s ODIs. In her career, spanning 19 years between 1997 and 2016, Edwards scored 5992 ODI runs in 191 matches.
1231 of those runs came while playing in 36 World Cup matches. Moreover, four of her nine ODI hundreds in total have come in World Cup matches. She now stands second on the list of players with most runs in both ODI and Test cricket.
However, she is still the leading run-scorer in Women’s T20Is with 2605 runs to her name in 95 T20Is. Interestingly, her highest ever ODI score of 173* came while playing in a World Cup match. Her Test numbers are as impressive as her Limited overs statistics. She has over 1600 runs in 23 Tests that includes 4 hundreds and 9 fifties as well.
#2) Belinda Clark (Australia)
Fourth on the list is a legend of the Australia Women’s cricket, Belinda Clark. In a career spanning 14 years for Australia between 1991 and 2005, Clark scored 4844 runs in 118 ODIS.
In World Cups, she amassed 1151 runs in 29 matches at an astonishing average of 60.57. She also holds the record of scoring a double hundred in ODI cricket. Her innings of 229* came against the Denmark women at Mumbai in the 1997 World Cup. She also led Australia women to their fourth World Cup title that year.
Interestingly, she juggled her on-field and off-field duties quite well during her playing days. On one side, she was the captain of the Australian women’s team and on the other side, she was also the chief executive of Women’s Cricket Australia.
After having lost the World Cup final in 2001 to New Zealand, Clark went on to claim her second title and the fifth for Australia women in 2005.
She had an exemplary average of over 45 in Tests as well with a best score of 136 that came against England at Worcester in 1998. She called it time at the end of the 2005 Ashes series that Australia lost to England.
#1) Mithali Raj (India)
The latest addition to the list is the 34-year old present India women’s skipper Mithali Raj. She achieved the feat during India’s must win encounter against New Zealand in the ongoing edition of the women’s World Cup.
Raj now has 1086 runs in 29 World Cup matches, courtesy of her innings of 109 against the New Zealand women on Saturday. It includes a total of two centuries and nine half-centuries at an average of 57.15.
She is also the leading run-scorer in Women’s ODIs at the moment with 6137 runs to her name in 184 ODI matches. She achieved this feat during India’s match up against the Australia women on July 12 that India lost eventually.
She also holds the record for the second highest individual score in Test cricket. Her innings of 214 came against the England women at Taunton in 2002. It stood as the highest individual score in Tests until Pakistan’s Kiran Baluch scored 242 in 2004.