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Charlotte Edwards has taken part in five World Cups, scoring 1231 runs in 28 innings, and holds the record for most Player of the Match awards – eight. © Getty Images

The first part of our statistical analysis of the history of the Women’s World Cup showed that the tournament has been dominated by Australia, England and New Zealand. This is reflected in the individual performances also.

Batting records
Debbie Hockley, who is now the first female president of New Zealand Cricket, leads the batting charts with most runs in World Cup games (1501) as well as the most runs in a single edition (456).

Hockley, who played in five editions – a record she holds with Charlotte Edwards and Clare Taylor – also returned astonishing bowling figures of 6-6-0-1 against Ireland in 1988.

Edwards, the former England captain, is another regular in all major batting charts.

Most runs

Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50
Debbie Hockley (NZ) 45 43 8 1501 100* 42.88 2 10
Janette Brittin (Eng) 36 35 5 1299 138* 43.30 4 3
Charlotte Edwards (Eng) 30 28 5 1231 173* 53.52 4 7
Belinda Clark (Aus) 29 26 7 1151 229* 60.57 1 6
Karen Rolton (Aus) 28 22 9 974 154* 74.92 3 6 


Did you know:
Charlotte Edwards won the Player of the Match award on eight occasions – the most by any player in the World Cups.

Highest individual scores

Player Runs Balls 4s 6s SR Opposition Ground Match Date
Belinda Clark (Aus) 229* 155 22 0 147.7 Den Mumbai December 16, 1997
Charlotte Edwards (Eng) 173* 155 19 0 111.6 Ire Pune December 16, 1997
Stafanie Taylor (WI) 171 137 18 2 124.8 SL Mumbai February 3, 2013
Suzie Bates (NZ) 168 105 19 6 160.0 Pak Sydney March 19, 2009
Karen Rolton (Aus) 154* 118 19 0 130.5 SL Christchurch December 1, 2000

Did you know: Karen Rolton is the only player to score a hundred in a World Cup final. She made 107 not out against India in 2005.

Also read: “Rolton did a Ricky Ponting on us”

Belinda Clark’s 229* was the first double hundred in ODI cricket. She held the record for the highest individual score before Rohit Sharma’s 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014. The innings had 22 fours, another record.

Harmanpreet Kaur’s 107 not out off 109 balls v England in Mumbai in 2013 is the highest score by any Indian player in a World Cup game. However, India lost that game. 

Most sixes in an innings

Player 6s Runs Opposition Ground Start Date
Suzie Bates (NZ) 6 168 Pak Sydney March 19, 2009
Sophie Devine (NZ) 6 145 SA Cuttack February 1, 2013
Deandra Dottin (WI) 4 51 Aus Sydney March 12, 2009
Deandra Dottin (WI) 4 39 Ind Mumbai (BS) January 31, 2013
Deandra Dottin (WI) 4 50 SL Mumbai February 3, 2013 

Did you know: Deandra Dottin not only holds the record for the most sixes in World Cups (17 sixes in 14 innings) but also in ODI cricket (63 sixes in 93 innings).

Highest partnerships by runs

Partners Runs Wkt Opposition Ground Match Date
Haidee Tiffen, Suzie Bates (NZ) 262 2nd Pak Sydney March 19, 2009
Lynne Thomas, Enid Bakewell (Eng) 246 1st Int XI Hove June 23, 1973
Lindsay Reeler, Ruth Buckstein (Aus) 220 1st Neth Perth November 29, 1988
Carole Hodges, Helen Plimmer (Eng) 213 3rd Ire Reading July 24, 1993
Janette Brittin, Barbara Daniels (Eng) 203 2nd Pak Vijayawada December 12, 1997


Did you know:
Debbie Hockley has been involved in the most 100-run partnerships (7), followed by Belinda Clark, Charlotte Edwards, and Karen Rolton (6 each).

The effort from Thomas and Bakewell is the second-highest partnership between two debutants in ODI cricket. The record is held by Reshma Gandhi and Mithali Raj for their unbroken 258.

Bowling records

Jhulan Goswami recently went past Cathryn Fitzpatrick’s record for most ODI wickets. © Getty Images

Lyn Fullston, the slow left-arm spinner who represented Australia in netball too, leads the charts with most wickets (39) and most wickets in a single edition (23). New Zealand’s Jackie Lord (6 for 10) has the best figures in an innings while India’s Neetu David, another left-arm spinner, is the only bowler to take a five-for in a losing cause (5 for 32 v New Zealand in 2005).

There are have been only two hat-tricks in World Cups – both of them coming in 1993 edition. Carole Hodges, an off-spinner from England, became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in World Cup. That was also the first hat-trick in women’s ODI cricket.

Most wickets

Player Mat Overs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 4+ wickets
Lyn Fullston (Aus) 20 209.1 39 5/27 11.94 2.22 32.1 4
Carole Hodges (Eng) 24 233.5 37 4/3 14.86 2.35 37.9 3
Clare Taylor (Eng) 26 238.5 36 4/13 13.94 2.10 39.8 2
Cathryn Fitzpatrick (Aus) 25 226.2 33 3/18 18.9 2.75 41.1 0
Sharon Tredrea (Aus) 28 254.5 32 4/25 14.93 1.87 47.7 1


Did you know:
Cathryn Fitzpatrick held the record for most wickets (180) in ODIs until recently when Jhulan Goswami of India went past her.

Most wickets in a single World Cup

Player Year Mat Overs Wkts BBI Ave Econ SR 4+ wickets
Lyn Fullston (Aus) 1982 12 123 23 5/27 12.00 2.24 32.00 2
Jackie Lord (NZ) 1982 12 113.3 22 6/10 12.40 2.40 30.90 2
Neetu David (Ind) 2005 8 65.4 20 5/32 8.35 2.54 19.70 1
Shubhangi Kulkarni (Ind) 1982 12 80.5 20 3/19 11.70 2.89 24.20 0
Charmaine Mason (Aus) 2000 8 69.3 17 3/20 10.76 2.63 24.50 0

Did you know: Fullston is the only player to end as the highest wicket-taker on two occasions – in 1982 and in 1988 when she took 16 wickets from eight matches.

Best bowling figures in an innings

Player Wkts Opposition Ground Match Date
Jackie Lord (NZ) 6/10 Ind Auckland January 14, 1982
Glenys Page (NZ) 6/20 T & T St Albans June 23, 1973
Jennifer Turner (NZ) 5/5 Neth Lindfield July 25, 1993
Tina Macpherson (Aus) 5/14 Y. Eng Bournemouth June 23, 1973
Laura Marsh (Eng) 5/15 Pak Sydney March 12, 2009

Did you know: Jackie Lord’s 6 for 10 helped her side win the game against India after New Zealand were bundled out for just 80 – the lowest total defended successfully in ODIs cricket.

Best economy rates in an innings

Player Overs Mdns Runs Wkts Econ Opposition Ground Match Date
Debbie Hockley (NZ) 6 6 0 1 0.00 Ire Perth November 29, 1988
Zoe Goss (Aus) 7 6 1 1 0.14 Den Dulwich July 28, 1993
Deepa Marathe (Ind) 6 5 1 4 0.16 SA Pretoria March 26, 2005

* Minimum qualification: 30 balls 

Did you know: Carol-Ann James of West Indies produced the bowling figures of 12-11-4-1 against Denmark at Beckenham in 1993. This remains the most maidens bowled in an ODI.

Sajjida Shah of Pakistan has gone for most runs – with figures of 9-0-80-2 against New Zealand in 2009.

Wicketkeeping and other individual records

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Jane Smit holds the record for the most wicketkeeping dismissals in the World Cup – 40. © Getty Images

England’s Jane Smit has the most dismissals in World Cups, with 40 dismissals (22 catches and 18 stumping) in 29 matches. India’s Anju Jain, who is third on the list with 31 dismissals, is the only wicketkeeper who has captained the country in the tournament.

Most dismissals in a single World Cup

Player Year Mat Dis Ct St Max Dis Inns Dis/Inn
Fowzieh Khalili (Ind) 1982 10 20 7 13 5 (2ct 3st) 2.00
Shirley Hodges (Eng) 1982 13 19 10 9 4 (3ct 1st) 1.46
Terri Russell (Aus) 1982 13 19 8 11 4 (1ct 3st) 1.46
Sarah Illingworth (NZ) 1993 8 17 10 7 6 (4ct 2st) 2.13
Anju Jain (Ind) 2005 8 17 9 8 5 (3ct 2st) 2.13 


Most dismissals in an innings

Player Dis Ct St Opposition Ground Match Date
Sarah Illingworth (NZ) 6 4 2 Aus Beckenham July 29, 1993
Venkatacher Kalpana (Ind) 6 1 5 Den Slough July 29, 1993
Fowzieh Khalili (Ind) 5 2 3 Eng Wanganui January 20, 1982
Anju Jain (Ind) 5 3 2 NZ Pretoria March 30, 2005
Trisha Chetty (SA) 5 4 1 SL Cuttack February 13, 2013


Did you know:
Trisha Chetty (128) is just five short of Rebecca Rolls’ world record of most dismissals (133) in ODI cricket.

Players to participate in most World Cups

Player No. of World Cups Year
Charlotte Edwards (Eng) 5 1997, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2013
Debbie Hockley (NZ) 5 1982, 1988, 1993, 1997, 2000
Clare Taylor (Eng) 5 1998, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005

Another 16 players have participated in four World Cups each, with Mithali Raj (2000, 2005, 2009, and 2013) being the only one who will play in the 2017 edition.

Youngest players in the World Cup

Player Age Opposition Ground Start Date
Gargi Banerji (Ind) 14y 165d Eng Kolkata January 1, 1978
Dane van Niekerk (SA) 15y 298d WI Newcastle March 8, 2009
Johmari Logtenberg (SA) 16y 28d Ire Centurion March 22, 2005

If West Indies’ Qiana Joseph plays in her team’s first game against Australia on June 26, 2017, she will become the fifth-youngest cricketer in a World Cup, aged 16 years and 177 days.

Oldest players to participate in World Cup

Player Age Opposition Ground Start Date
Stephanie Power (WI) 47y 347d Ind Pretoria April 1, 2005
Kay Green (Eng) 45y 296d Y. Eng Ilford July 18, 1973
Viv Sexton (NZ) 44y 357d Eng Hyderabad (Deccan) January 8, 1978