T20 cricket is a significant way to grow women’s cricket. The first-ever women’s T20I was played between England and New Zealand in 2004 and since then the format has been graced by women more than men. In fact, it is the most played format in women’s cricket. T20 is a pacy environment that demands a higher strike rate and whacking from a batsman. In the course of time, a large number of batters have played T20Is and on their day they have gone on to score big runs and shocked the entire world with their endeavor.
Bahrain batsman Herath Rasangika, who is an ex-Sri Lankan cricketer leads the chart of highest individual scores in women’s T20I. The top-order left-hand batsman amassed an unbeaten 161 off 66 balls against Saudi Arabia Women in 2022 in Al Amerat. She stuck at a blazing strike rate of 243.93 and smacked 31 fours in her innings. Her massive innings along with skip Tharanga Gajanayake who also chipped in 98* drove Bahrain to make the highest-ever score by a team in women’s T20I, 318/5.
UAE’s Esha Oza finds the 2nd position on the elite list of highest individual score in T20I with 158* off 71 deliveries. The Indian-born right-hand batsman dismantled the Bahrain bowling lineup with the help of 22 fours and 6 sixes, while her strike rate remained 222.53. Esha is the only 2nd batter in women’s T20I to surpass the 150-run mark.
The Australian wicket-keeper batter who has already become a legend of the game with her actions, Alyssa Healy gets herself in 3rd place on the tally of highest individual score in T20i. in the 3rd T20 of the 2019 Sri Lanka tour of Australia, Healy exhibited her batting exploits to the visiting Lankan team and scored 148* in 61 balls in Sydney, including 19 fours and 7 sixes. The veteran wicket-keeper spent the entire 20 overs on the field to take Australia to 226 and record a victory by 132 runs.
The four times Women’s T20 World Cup lifting captain, Australian Meg Lanning notched up a sensational 133* off 63 balls against the arch-rival England, which is the 4th highest individual score in women’s T20I. Batting at no.3, the stalwart hammered 7 sixes and 17 fours to reach the milestone in Chelmsford in 2019. Her fiery knock of unbeaten 133 is the most runs by a captain in an inning of a T20I.
Tanzainin swashbuckling batter Fatuma Kibasu is featured in the 5th spot on this honorable table of highest individual score in women’s T20I after her rampage innings of unbeaten 127 off 66 balls against Eswatini Women’s in the regional T20 World Cup African Qualifier in 2021. Kibasu beat the opponent bowlers mercilessly and reached the three-figure mark with the assistance of 19 boundaries.
Among Indian players, Harmanpreet Kaur has mustered the highest individual score in the women’s T20I. Having played 51 balls against the hefty bowling attack of New Zealand, Harmanpreet made 103 runs on the big stage of the 2018 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup to power India, setting 195 runs target and winning the match by 34 runs. You will be amazed to know that the Punjab-born cricketer is the only Indian to score a century in women’s T20I.
List of Top 10 Highest Individual Scores in Women’s T20I
|H Rasangika (Bah)||161*||66||Saudi Arabia||2022|
|E Oza (UAE)||158*||71||Bahrain||2022|
|A Healy (AUS)||148*||61||Sri Lanka||2019|
|M Lanning (AUS)||133*||63||England||2019|
|F Kibasu (TAN)||127*||66||Eswatini||2021|
|S Kalis (Ned)||126*||76||Germany||2019|
|M Lanning (AUS)||126||65||Ireland||2014|
|S Bates (NZ)||124*||66||South Africa||2018|
|D Wyatt (ENG)||124||64||India||2018|
|B Mooney (AUS)||117*||70||England||2017|
|SA Fritz (SA)||116*||71||Netherlands||2010|
|TT Beaumont (ENG)||116||52||South Africa||2018|
Bahrain’s Herath Rasangika scored the highest individual score in women’s T20I, 161*.
Harmanpreet Kaur has the highest Individual score in women’s T20I, 103 against New Zealand.
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