4 unsurpassable records in women’s cricket
That records are meant to be broken is widely accepted, but there are a few records which are so outlandish that once created, they stand the test of time. Here’s a look at four such records in women’s cricket which are unlikely to be broken:
Youngest to score white-ball double ton
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar was 36 when he brought up not only his maiden but the first-ever double century in one-day international cricket against South Africa in 2010. The likes of Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma and Martin Guptil followed the footsteps of the maestro, but all of them were well into their careers.
However, when Kiwi batter Amelia Kerr smashed an unbeaten 232 off just 145 balls, at the age of just 17 years and 243 days, it was sensational news. The youngster struck 31 boundaries and two sixes against Denmark in 2018 to become the youngest player in the world to score a double century in the limited-overs format.
Youngest to score a century
Former Pakistan all-rounder and skipper Shahid Afridi became the youngest player to score a century when he scored 102 runs against Sri Lanka at the age of 16 years and 217 days and helped his team to a thumping win.
Shortly after Afridi’s boom, Indian right-hander Mithali Raj went one up. She played a match-defining innings of 114 against Ireland and broke that record at the age of 16 years and 205 days in 1999.
More than two decades later, the record still stands.
Oldest ODI player
Nolan Clarke is considered the oldest player to feature in women’s ODI cricket, having played at the age of 47 years and 257 days. However, only a few know that the record actually rests with West Indies’ veteran player Stephanie Power.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Stephanie was 47 years and 355 days old when she played her last ODI, against South Africa at Pretoria in 2004-05 after making her ODI debut back in 1993, in a World Cup game against Australia at Tunbridge Wells. Power, who is also a qualified physical education teacher, later became a celebrated coach in the West Indies and the United States.
Most consecutive T20Is with at least one wicket
India’s slow left-arm orthodox bowler Radha Yadav holds the record for playing most consecutive T20Is with at least one wicket. Yadav consistently took at least one wicket in 24 games on the trot.
The record was earlier held by Australia’s Megan Schutt (23 matches).