Women’s World Cup 2022 – Who Stood Out?
Obviously, the Australian women’s cricket team was the one to come out on top again. However, cricket betting fans and cricket bettors from other countries also had team members to be proud of. Here, we are going to take a look at the superstars of the ICC Women’s World Cup tournament 2022.
ALYSSA HEALY – AUSTRALIA
Alyssa Healy, Australian wicket-keeper boasted 9 innings, 509 runs with an average of 56.55, a strike of 103.55 with two centuries and two 50s.
So, what can we say – Healy boasts the most runs in a Women’s World Cup ever, plus the best score in any World Cup (men or women’s), as well as back to back centuries in the semifinal and then the final. She couldn’t not be classed as a top performer.
Healy is one of the most incredible batters in the game. She crossed 50 earlier in the tournament as well, against India and Pakistan. However, that was just a taster. She went all-out next level in the knockouts to make sure Australia was the World Cup authority.
LAURA WOLVAARDT – SOUTH AFRICA
During the tournament, Laura Wolvaardt boasted 8 innings with 433 runs, an average of 54.12 and a strike rate of 77.73. In total, she batted five 50s.
It is for this reason that she is considered to be South Africa’s most consistent batter in the World Cup. She also took the slack from her opening partner, Lizelle Lee – who was notably struggling with runs. She started the tournament with five 40-plus scores consecutively, which included four half-centuries. This helped the South Africans to chase the 225+ total against both New Zealand and England to put them through to the semifinals. However, her 90 wasn’t quite good enough against the Aussies.
She ended up being South Africa’s top scorer for two consecutive ODI World Cups.
RACHEL HAYNES – AUSTRALIA
Another top-performing Australian performer was Rachel Haynes, boasting 9 innings, 497 runs, with an average of 62.12 and a strike rate of 82.55. She scored one century and three half-centuries.
Although Healy may have been considered Australia’s aggressor, Haynes was considered the consistent anchor, playing her role to absolute perfection. So good, in fact, that she was only dismissed once before Healy in the league games, then once again in the final. She started the World Cup with a 130 – and she simply accelerated after negotiating a difficult bowling effort from England. She set the scene, with Healy, for Australia’s middle order in practically every single match.
MEG LANNING – AUSTRALIA
Another Australian in the mix is Meg Lanning, the captain. She led Australia with 9 innings, 394 runs, an average of 56.28 and a strike rate of 88.73. She scored one century and two half centuries.
Lanning was the obvious choice for team captain – and the middle-order mainstay. It seems as though Lanning simply making her way to the crease is a sign that Australia will win. Her dominance was clearly on display when they played some of the top teams in the world. She boasted an unbeaten 135, chasing down 272 against South Africa, then 97 to annihilate India in another tough match. She also managed an 86 against England near the start.
BETH MOONEY – AUSTRALIA
Australian Mooney boasted 9 innings, 330 runs averaging 110 and a strike rate of 100.91, scoring two half-centuries.
With an average of more than 100 plus a strike rate of almost 101, she is flexible both up and down the order, as well as a gun fielder. She simply has to be on this list. She was named Player of the Tournament in the T20 World Cup in 2020, when she opened for Australia. However, she moved down to the finisher’s role – doing so with aplomb in the over-50 format, managing to add yet another dimension to the team’s already insane line-up. She was responsible for some of the tournament’s best catches and was also always on hand to seal the chases when the top order had done the tough stuff.
POOJA VASTRAKAR – INDIA
The last one we will mention on the list is Vastrakar from India, boasting 7 innings, with 156 runs, an average of 26, with a strike rate of 98.73. She took 10 wickets with a bowling average of 18.30 and an economy rate of 4.69.
She is seen by many as one of the brightest young star players for India – as proven in this tournament. Alongside Yastika Bhatia, she was right in the thick of things from the get-go in India’s very first game, even though they slumped to 114 for 6 against arch-rival Pakistan. Managing a career-best 67 off 59 with Sneh Rana saw India getting a deep batting lineup. Again, she proved herself with quick cameos down the order opposite Bangladesh and Australia. Additionally, she was the team’s second-highest wicket-taker, with bowling being her biggest skill. Her back to back yorkers against Lea Tahuhu and Jess Kerr are seen as some of the highlights of the tournament.
Other names we could throw into the mix include
- Sune Luus – South Africa
- Marizanne Kapp – South Africa
- Shabnim Ismail – South Africa
- Salma Khatun – Bangladesh
- Sophie Ecclestone – England
So, there we have it. There were some amazing performances from top players in the world – certainly enough for fans to get some more cricket bets on when the next tournament is on.