The rich history of women’s cricket is full of interesting facts and figures. Here we are sharing a mixed bag of such trivia of the game.
1. There are quite a few famous father-son and even father-in-law-son-in-law combinations in the history of the game. However, the only international mother-n-law-son-in-law combinations came from India. Susan Itticheria was a talented all-rounder during the 1970s and played seven Tests and two ODIs during the 1978 World Cup. Susan’s daughter Dipika Pallikal made quite a name for her in the international squash circle.
In 2015, Dipika got married to Dinesh Karthik, the Indian wicket keeper who has played 26 tests, 94 ODI and 32 T20Is for India and the current captain of Kolkata Knight Riders franchise in IPL. Susan’s other daughter Diya married Sourav Ghoshal, another renowned squash player, to enhance the sporting quotient in the family.
2. 1973 Women’s Cricket World Cup was an interesting affair. It was still early days for Limited overs cricket and men’s World Cup was still to be unfolded. The women’s inaugural edition had some interesting teams. There were only three International teams, England, Australia and New Zealand.
There were two more countries Jamaica and, Trinidad and Tobago who participated as independent countries and not as part of West Indies. The sixth team was an International XI, with players from countries who did not take part as well players who were not selected in the national team of Australia and New Zealand. The seventh team was a Young England squad who finished at the bottom.
3. Jhulan Goswami was a tall, sports-enthusiastic kid in Chakdah, slightly away from Kolkata. She used to play both cricket and football and was an avid Argentina supporter and Maradona fan. As expected, the 1990 World Cup Final loss was a big shock for young Jhulan Goswami. However, she continued playing both games.
But once she was selected as a ball-girl during the 1993 Cricket World Cup and could see her favourite players in front of her eyes, her life was sorted. She became a big fan of Australian speedster Cathryn Fitzpatrick and as luck would have it, Goswami broke her record 25 years later to become leading wicket taker in women’s ODI.
4. South African captain Dane van Niekerk created history during the 2017 Women’s World Cup in England when she became the first ever bowler in both men and women international cricket to capture four wickets without conceding a run. The opponents were West Indies women who were blown away by the Niekerk magic and could score just 48.
There are four instances of three wickets without conceding a run in international cricket, two in Women’s ODI, one in Women’s T20I and one in Men’s Test matches but Niekerk’s records still stand unique.
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