Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Cricket is a sport that is largely popular in many countries around the world. One of the major parts of this sport is bowling, the action of propelling the ball towards the wicket as the batsman tries to defend it. There are different styles that are used by the bowlers. Each and every delivery by the bowler is important, as, with various techniques, a bowler can absolutely control the batsman’s actions, especially if the one with the bat is an inexperienced one. Some of the greatest cricketers of all time are bowlers who have contributed to creating historic moments in cricket. In women’s cricket, as well, there are some excellent bowlers. Whatever be the speed and style, these bowlers have played their part in making women’s cricket worth watching. Let’ take a look at the Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World.

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

1. Cathryn Fitzpatrick

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Former Australian female cricketer Cathryn Lorraine Fitzpatrick is widely regarded as the fastest women pace bowler in the world. She was a pioneer member of the World Cup winning Australian team in 1997 and 2005. Cathryn took 60 wickets in 24 innings out of 13 international test matches she participated and achieved her best bowling performance of 5/29 in an inning and best performance in a single test match of 9/112 in her test career between 1991 and 2006. She has a test bowling average of 19.11 with an economy rate of 1.91, and also achieved 4 wickets six times and 5 wickets twice. Cathryn, in her ODI career from 1993 to 2007, bagged 180 wickets out of 109 ODIs she contested in, and achieved her best ODI bowling performance of 5/14. She achieved ODI bowling average of 16.79 with 3.01 economy rate, and took 4 wickets seven times and 5 wickets four times in limited over international matches.

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2. Jhulan Goswami

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Indian female cricketer Jhulan Goswami became the fastest bowler in women cricket after the retirement of Cathryn Fitzpatrick. She was named as the ICC Women’s Player of the Year in 2007. Goswami took 40 wickets in 18 innings out of 10 international test matches she participated and achieved her best bowling performance of 5/25 in an inning and best performance in a single test match of 10/78 in her test career between 2002 and 2014. She has a test bowling average of 16.62 with an economy rate of 2.02, and also achieved 4 wickets twice and 5 wickets thrice. Goswami, in her ODI career from 2002 to 2014, bagged 167 wickets out of 138 ODIs she contested in, and achieved her best ODI bowling performance of 6/31. She achieved ODI bowling average of 21.05 with 3.19 economy rate, and took 4 wickets four times and 5 wickets twice in limited over international matches.

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3. Lisa Sthalekar

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Former Indian-born Australian female international cricketer Lisa Carprini Sthalekar was widely regarded as the leading all-rounder in women’s cricket. She is the first female cricketer to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in limited over matches. Sthalekar took 23 wickets in 16 innings out of 8 international test matches she participated and achieved her best bowling performance of 5/30 in an inning and best performance in a single test match of 6/114 in her test career between 2003 and 2011. She has a test bowling average of 20.95 with an economy rate of 1.65, and also achieved 5 wickets once. Sthalekar, in her ODI career from 2001 to 2013, bagged 146 wickets out of 125 ODIs she contested in, and achieved her best ODI bowling performance of 5/35. She achieved ODI bowling average of 24.97 with 3.66 economy rate, and took 4 wickets and 5 wickets once each in limited over international matches.

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4. Neetu David

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Former member of the Indian national women’s cricket team Neetu David has the best innings bowling performance in women’s Test matches. She was primarily known as a superior left-arm spinner. Neetu took 41 wickets in 16 innings out of 10 international test matches she participated and achieved her best bowling performance of 8/53 in an inning and best performance in a single test match of 9/90 in her test career between 1995 and 2006. She has a test bowling average of 18.90 with an economy rate of 1.74, and also achieved 4 wickets thrice and 5 wickets once. Neetu, in her ODI career from 1995 to 2008, bagged 141 wickets out of 97 ODIs she contested in, and achieved her best ODI bowling performance of 5/20. She achieved ODI bowling average of 16.34 with 2.82 economy rate, and took 4 wickets four times and 5 wickets twice in limited over international matches.

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5. Anisa Mohammed

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Current member of the West Indies women’s cricket team Anisa Mohammed is the highest wicket-taker in T20 Internationals. She also played Trinidad and Tobago women’s team in first class cricket besides her international appearances. Anisa took 115 wickets in 78 ODIs out of 82 international limited over matches she participated and achieved her best bowling performance of 7/14 in a single ODI match in her limited over career between 2003 and 2014. She has an ODI bowling average of 17.62 with an economy rate of 3.27, and also achieved 4 wickets six times and 5 wickets five times. Mohammed, in her Twenty20 career from 2008 to 2014, bagged 85 wickets out of 71 international T20s she contested in and achieved her best Twenty20 bowling performance of 5/10. She achieved her T20 bowling average of 15.07 with 5.34 economy rate, and took 4 wickets four times and 5 wickets twice in international Twenty20 matches.

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6. Jenny Gunn

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Member of the current England women’s national team Jennifer Louise Gunn is a superior medium-pace bowler and lower-middle-order batsman. She was honored as the Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2014 Birthday Honors. Jenny took 29 wickets in 21 innings out of 11 international test matches she participated and achieved her best bowling performance of 5/19 in an inning and best performance in a single test match of 5/59 in her test career between 2004 and 2014. She has a test bowling average of 22.24 with an economy rate of 1.76, and also achieved 5 wickets once. Jenny, in her ODI career from 2004 to 2015, bagged 115 wickets out of 124 ODIs she contested in, and achieved her best ODI bowling performance of 5/22. She achieved ODI bowling average of 27.66 with 3.75 economy rate, and took 4 wickets thrice and 5 wickets twice in limited over international matches.

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7. Stafanie Taylor

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Member of the current West Indies women’s cricket team Stafanie Roxann Taylor was named as the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2011. She is noted for scoring her highest Twenty20 total on her debut. Stafanie took 102 wickets in 73 ODIs out of 80 international limited over matches she participated and achieved her best bowling performance of 4/17 in in a single ODI match in her limited over career between 2008 and 2014. She has an ODI bowling average of 17.57 with an economy rate of 3.05, and also achieved 4 wickets five times. Stafanie, in her Twenty20 career from 2008 to 2014, bagged 54 wickets out of 59 international T20s she contested in, and achieved her best Twenty20 bowling performance of 3/10. She achieved her bowling average of 16.07 with 5.35 economy rate in international Twenty20 matches.

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8. Clare Taylor

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Retired English female cricketer Clare Elizabeth Taylor is the first woman to participate on a World Cup team in both cricket and football. She was a member of the World Cup cricket team in 1993 and World Cup football team in 1995. Taylor took 25 wickets in 24 innings out of 16 international test matches she participated and achieved her best bowling performance of 4/38 in an inning and best performance in a single test match of 5/95 in her test career between 1995 and 2003. She has a test bowling average of 40.44 with an economy rate of 2.54, and also achieved 4 wickets twice. Taylor, in her ODI career from 1988 to 2005, bagged 102 wickets out of 105 ODIs she contested in, and achieved her best ODI bowling performance of 4/13. She achieved ODI bowling average of 23.95 with 2.85 economy rate, and took 4 wickets twice in limited over international matches.

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9. Isa Guha

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Former England female cricketer of Kolkata Bengali descent Isa Tara Guha played in the 2005 Women’s Cricket World Cup in South Africa for the English female team. She was named BBC Asian Network Sports Personality of the Year in 2002. Isa Guha took 29 wickets in 15 innings out of 8 international test matches she participated and achieved her best bowling performance of 5/40 in an inning and best performance in a single test match of 9/100 in her test career between 2002 and 2011. She has a test bowling average of 18.93 with an economy rate of 2.20, and also achieved 4 wickets twice and 5 wickets once. Isa, in her ODI career from 2001 to 2011, bagged 101 wickets out of 83 ODIs she contested in, and achieved her best ODI bowling performance of 5/14. She achieved ODI bowling average of 23.21 with 3.73 economy rate, and took 4 wickets twice and also 5 wickets twice in limited over international matches.

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10. Nooshin Al Khadeer

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Top 10 Female Bowlers in the World

Former member of the India’s national female cricket team Nooshin Al Khadeer was ranked ICC world number 1 in 2003. She is widely regarded as one of the best right-handed off-spin bowlers. Nooshin took 14 wickets in 9 innings out of 5 international test matches she participated and achieved her best bowling performance of 3/30 in an inning and best performance in a single test match of 4/74 in her test career between 2003 and 2006. She has a test bowling average of 26.64 with an economy rate of 1.80. Nooshin, in her ODI career from 2002 to 2012, bagged 100 wickets out of 78 ODIs she contested in, and achieved her best ODI bowling performance of 5/14. She achieved ODI bowling average of 24.02 with 3.57 economy rate, and took 4 wickets four times and 5 wickets once in limited over international matches.

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Female cricketers have made enormous contribution to women’s cricket. They have displayed excellent skill and understanding of the sport, and hopefully, will continue to do so in future. These female bowlers have proven themselves time and again through performances that have exuded thrill and excitement at par with male’s cricket.