Mithali Raj and Yastika Bhatia
Mithali Raj and Yastika Bhatia. Image: Twitter

Two Indian women cricketers were nominated in ICC’s list of four players shortlisted for the ICC Women’s Emerging Cricketer of 2022. Women’s cricket reached new heights in 2022 and the Indian women’s cricket team was at the heart of it. The four players who were nominated are India’s Renuka Singh and Yashtika Bhatia, Australia,s Darcie Brown, and England’s Alice Capsey.

Indian eves played their England counterparts earlier this year. They lost the T20I series 2-1 but came back to win the ODI series in a dramatic fashion. India’s Deepti Sharma ‘Mankaded’ England’s Charlotte Dean to register a memorable series win for India. India won the Asia Cup as well this year marking another big achievement in 2022.

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Renuka Singh. PC- CWG
Renuka Singh. PC- CWG

Renuka Singh bagged 18 ODI wickets and 22 T20I wickets in 2022. She had a big role to play in the major victories of the Indian women’s team. She took eight wickets in the seven-match T20I series against Australia earlier this year. She took a total of 17 wickets in 11 matches taking the Asia Cup and the Commonwealth Games together at an economy of just 5.21.

Australia’s Darcie Brown played all three formats this year. She took two Tests, 10 ODI, and 12 T20I wickets completing a tally of 24 international wickets this year.

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Darcie Brown
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Brown took a wicket in each innings of a classic Test match against Australia. Then in the ODI series, she took 4/34 to help A at Australia beat England at Adelaide Oval. Se further took wickets in the ICC Women’s World Cup against India and New Zealand. The pacer took wickets in 10 of her 13 T20Is for her side proving her consistency at the highest level.

Alice Capsey
Alice Capsey. Pic Credits: Twitter

England’s Alice Capsey scored 80 T20I runs and 234 ODI runs for her side. She averaged over 20 in ODIs and nearly 34 in T20Is. In terms of strike rate, Capsey scored at nearly a run-a-ball in the ODI format. In T20Is, she maintained a strike rate of over 130.

She scored 119 runs in her first three T20I outings this year which included a half-century from just 37 balls against South Africa. She continued her form in the T20I series against India scoring 74 runs in three matches averaging 74.

She also earned her ODI debut this year and played the series against India scoring 63 runs in the three-match series averaging 21.00. Given the composure that she has shown in her very first international year, the batter is expected to go a long way.

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Yastika Bhatia. Photo- ICC
Yastika Bhatia. Photo- ICC

Finally, this was also a memorable year for India’s Yastika Bhatia. The Indian keeper-batsman scored 376 runs in ODIs at an average of 25.06 and a strike rate of 73.29. She has become a regular member of India’s ODI setup with her consistent performances.

Bhatia scored 41 and 31 before hitting half-centuries against Australia and Bangladesh in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022. She also scored a fifty in India’s win over England in the third and final ODI in Hove ensuring that India won the game chasing 228 to win.

She scored 76 runs in the three-match series with a telling contribution of 50 in the very first game. Bhatia’s knock 59 against Australia in the Women’s World Cup was a glimpse of her immense potential which holds Indian women’s cricket in good stead for the future.

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