Indian Women’s Cricket Team or the Women in Blue is the pride of India just like the popular Indian Men’s Cricket Team. Though they are not always highlighted, they have shown their extreme talents in almost every match they have played so far.
Formed in the year 1973, the Indian Women Cricket Team is currently leading the 4th position in women’s ranking in ICC. The entire team is divided into 3 grades. So, why don’t we learn more about them? Let us introduce the current Indian Women’s Cricket Team members to you here. Keep reading.
|Harmanpreet Kaur, Smitri Mandhana, Poonam Yadav||Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia||Veda Krishnamurthy, Punam Raut, Anuja Patil, Mansi Joshi, Dayalan Hemlata, Arundhati Reddy|
Indian Women’s Cricket Team Players
Harmanpreet Kaur (Grade A)
Being a new-age Indian female cricketer, Harmanpreet has shown us her talents and skills to the cricket fans. She began her career in cricket in the year 2009. From India, Harmanpreet was the first person who signed with Surrey Stars in the Kia Super League of ECB.
Though she joined cricket in 2009, her career started to shine in 2013. She was an allrounder and it was her century against England that will be always remembered by her fans. Also in 2013, she became the captain of the Indian Women Cricket Team. As a grade-A cricketer, she earns approximately 5 crores in a year as her salary.
Smitri Mandhana (Grade A)
Smitri Mandhana was the only Indian female cricketer who received the ICC Women’s Team of the Year in 2016. She is one of the left-handed batsmen on the Indian Women’s Cricket Team.
She is so talented that she won the BCCI MA Chidambaram for being the best female cricketer. As a batsman, her excellent timing skill often mesmerizes her fans. In 2016, she even signed a deal with the Brisbane Heat Team.
Poonam Yadav (Grade A)
Poonam Yadav is from the state of Uttar Pradesh and she is a leg spinner. She began her cricket career in the year 2013. It was her first match against Bangladesh in a WT20I. she played her first test series in the year 2014. It was a match against South Africa. She even made her ODI debut in 2013, in a match against Bangladesh.
Her name was included in the list of the top five women in cricket by T20I. She is leading the 3rd position there. As a Grade-A cricketer, she earns 5 crores as her salary annually.
Mithali Raj (Grade B)
Though categorized in Grade B, Mithali Raj is perhaps one of the most prominent cricketers on the Indian Women’s Cricket Team. She scored a double century against England in the 2nd test in Taunton.
She was 19 years only at that time. Under her captaincy, India played its first-ever world cup final match in the year 2005. In 2006, India played its first Test series, led by her.
Jhulan Goswami (Grade B)
Jhulan Goswami, also known as the ‘bowling warhorse’ began her career in international cricket in the year 2002. Till now, she has been maintaining a very successful career in bowling. She is one of the fast bowlers on the Indian Cricket Team.
She was so talented that she received the ICC Women’s Players of the Year’ in 2007. Besides, she received Arjuna Award in the year 2010 and the Padma Shree in the year 2012. She had been the best wicket-taker so far.
Ekta Bisht (Grade B)
Being one of the senior cricketers in the Indian Women’s Cricket Team, Ekta Bisht is considered the most experienced cricketer in the team.
Ekta was chosen in the Indian Women’s National Cricket Team in the year 2011. She played her first WODI match against Australia in the same year.
Radha Yadav (Grade B)
Radha Yadav started her cricket career at the age of 18. It was her first match in T20I against South Africa.
She is a left spinner and one of the talented cricketers in team India. she participated in the T20 world cup in 2018 and 2020.
Shikha Pandey (Grade B)
In the year 2004, at the age of 15, Shikha started to play for the cricket team in Goa. As for international cricket, she started to play in the year 2014. In the same year, she made a double century for her team against South Africa.
Dipti Sharma (Grade B)
Dipti Sharma is both a right-arm off-spinner and a left-handed batsman on the Indian Women’s Cricket Team.
She first played her ODI match in 2014. In 2016, she played her first T20I in Sydney. She took 6 wickets against Sri Lanka in that match.
Jemimah Rodrigues (Grade B)
This talented cricketer is from Maharashtra and she made her crocket career in the year 2018. She has been showing us her cricket skills continuously since she made her debut in the international cricket team.
She received the ‘Best Woman Cricketer Award’ by BCCI for her excellent skills in 2017-18.
Taniya Bhatia (Grade B Cricketer)
Taniya Bhatia is from Punjab and started her cricket career in February 2018. When she played her 2nd OD, she made 66 runs in 68 balls. She received five breakout stars from ICC in women’s cricket in the year 2018.
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Veda Krishnamurthy (Grade C)
Veda Krishnamurthy played her first international cricket match against England in the year 2011 when she was only 18. Veda is both a right-arm bowler and a right-handed batsman for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team. As for T20I, she played the match for India against Australia.
Anuja Patil (Grade C)
Anuja at first played for the state of Maharashtra. She then first played her international T20I cricket match against England at the Galle International Stadium in the year 2012.
She played against West Indies in November 2019. It was her 50th WT20I match.
Mansi Joshi (Grade C)
Mansi Joshi is from Uttarakhand and she began her career in national cricket in India in the year 2016. She is a medium-fast bowler and a right-handed batsman for her cricket team.
She played her first One Day International Cricket match in the year 2017. It was a match against Ireland. She is now a grade-c cricketer in the Indian Women’s Cricket Team.
Punam Raut (Grade C)
Though Punam is a junior cricketer in the Indian Women’s Cricket team and categorized in grade C, she made a world record of 320 runs along with her partner Deepti Sharma.
It was an ODI match against Ireland in the year 2017. She even played in the Women’s Cricket World Cup Finals in the year 2017. It was a match against England.
Dayalan Hemlata (Grade C)
Dayalan Hemlata is both a right-arm off-break bowler and a right-handed batsman in the Indian Women’s Cricket team. At the beginning of her cricket career, she played for the South Zone in the state of Tamil Nadu.
She first played her One Day Women’s International Cricket match in the year 2018 against Sri Lanka. Her first T20I International cricket match against New Zealand was in 2018.
Arundhati Reddy (Grade C)
Arundhati played her first T20 International cricket match against Sri Lanka in the year 2018. She is also selected for the ICC Women’s World T20 tournament in the same year. Though she is a grade-C cricketer, she is extremely talented and skilled.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Is The Best Female Bowler In India?
There are so many talented bowlers in the Indian Women Cricket Team. However, Jhulan Goswami is considered the best female bowler in India. In 2007, she was the winner of the ICC Women’s Player of the Year.
In the Women’s ODI ranking organized by ICC, Jhulan Goswami was ranked first.
Who Is The Best Female Cricketer?
Well, you can’t just classify one female cricketer in the list of the best female cricketers. According to the rating, there are so many best female cricketers. Here is the list.
- Alyssa Healy
- Natalie Sciver England
- Beth Mooney
- Laura Wolvaardt
- Meg Lanning
- Racheal Haynes
- Mithali Raj
- Smirti Mandhana
- Tammy Beaumont
- Ellyse Perry
Who Is The First Captain Of The Indian Women’s Cricket Team?
As for the Indian Women’s Cricket Team, Santha Rangaswamy was its first captain. Under the captaincy of Santha, the Indian Women’s Cricket Team played their first test match against West Indies in the year 1976.
After that, Mithali Raj was the captain of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team in WT20I in 2006. Indian Women’s Cricket Team played the Derby match against England under her captaincy.
Why Women’s Cricket Is Not Popular In India?
The main reason for the lack of popularity of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team is fewer viewers and resources.
Many people in India believe those female cricketers are not as talented as male cricketers. Other reasons are mismanagement, less initiative, historical imbalance, and more.
All the members of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team are equally talented as the Indian Men’s Cricket Team. Unfortunately, they have not gotten that kind of love and attention from the cricket fans so far.
Despite this, they have played every match to their best and showed us their skills in almost every match till now.