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ICC T20 World Cup 2023: Records That Could Be Broken During The Tournament

With the much-awaited ICC T20 World Cup 2023 about to start, all eyes are on the cricketers who will eye to bring laurels to their nation and bring home the trophy. Other than this, there are other prestigious records that these players might achieve during the event which will enter their names in cricketing record books.

ICC T20 World Cup 2023: Let’s have a look at the records that could be broken

Total Runs

New Zealand veteran Suzie Bates is currently the leading run-scorer in the Women’s T20 World Cups with 929 runs to her name. She now has the opportunity to become the first female player to breach the 1000-run mark in the tournament. She is followed by Stafanie Taylor (881), Meg Lanning (843), and Alyssa Healy (752) among the current players. 

Player Runs Matches Average SR
Suzie Bates (NZ) 929 32 30.96 113.15
Stafanie Taylor (WI) 881 29 38.3 95.44
Meg Lanning (AUS) 843 29 38.31 112.55
Charlotte Edwards (ENG) 768 24 36.57 103.92
Alyssa Healy (AUS) 752 34 25.93 131.92

Most Matches

One of the greatest all-rounders in the sport, Ellyse Perry, has one more record to her name i.e of playing most games in the Women’s T20 World Cup. She has appeared in 36 matches in the competition during the period 2009-2020. Her teammate Alyssa Healy is just behind her, having played 34 matches, followed by Suzie Bates (32) and Harmanpreet Kaur (30). 

Player Span Matches
Ellyse Perry (AUS) 2009-2020 36
Alyssa Healy (AUS) 2010-2020 34
Suzie Bates (NZ) 2009-2020 32
Deandra Dottin (WI) 2009-2020 30
Harmanpreet Kaur (IND) 2009-2020 30

Most Matches as Captain

Former England captain Charlotte Edwards is currently the joint-record holder with Australian skipper Meg Lanning for featuring in most matches (24) in T20 World Cup as a captain. The latter now has the opportunity to take the record to her name when she plays her first game of the upcoming tournament. 

Player Span Matches
Charlotte Edwards (ENG) 2009-2016 24
Meg Lanning (AUS) 2014-2020 24
Sana Mir (PAK) 2009-2016 20
Merissa Aguilleira (WI) 2009-2014 15
Stafanie Taylor (WI) 2014-2020 15

Most wickets

Former England Pacer Anya Shrubsole currently holds the record for most wickets (41) in Women’s T20 World Cup history. She is followed by Ellyse Perry (37), Shabnim Ismail (35), Stafanie Taylor (33), and Megan Schutt (30), who all have the chance to get hold of the record. 

Player Span Matches Wickets Average Econ.
Anya Shrubsole (ENG) 2010-2020 27 41 12.48 5.32
Ellyse Perry (AUS) 2009-2020 36 37 17.78 5.77
Shabnim Ismail (SA) 2009-2020 26 35 15.05 5.82
Stafanie Taylor (WI) 2009-2020 29 33 15.51 5.95
Megan Schutt (AUS) 2016-2020 18 30 11.86 5.94

Featuring in the double of the U19 World Cup as well as the T20 World Cup

Currently, only one player i.e Shafali Verma holds the record for featuring in both U19 World Cup and T20 World Cup. She achieved the feat after appearing in the T20 World Cup 2020 and in the recently concluded inaugural edition of the U19 Women’s World Cup, where she led India to the title. 

Along with her, Richa Ghosh, Fran Jonas, Georgia Plimmer, Shorna Akter, Disha Biswas, Marufa Akter, Amy Hunter, and Georgina Dempsey also played in the U19 World Cup. They now also have the opportunity to get this unique record to their name as they are named in the squads of their respective teams.

Most Matches

Harmanpreet Kaur has been India’s one of most decorated players and is near to reaching the record of becoming the first player to feature in 150 T20I matches among both men and women. Currently, she has played 146 matches which is the most for any female cricketer, whereas behind Rohit Sharma overall who has played 148 matches. 

Player Span Matches
Harmanpreet Kaur (IND) 2009-2023 146
Suzie Bates (NZ) 2007-2022 139
Danielle Wyatt (ENG) 2010-2022 138
Alyssa Healy (AUS) 2010-2022 136
Elysse Perry (AUS) 2008-2023 133

Most Runs

New Zealand veteran Suzie Bates is the top run-getter in Women’s T20Is having scored 3683 runs. Meg Lanning and Stafanie Taylor are the only other two players in the 3000-run club. Whereas, Sophie Devine and Harmanpreet Kaur need just a handful of runs to enter this elite club. 

Player Span Runs Average SR
Suzie Bates (NZ) 2007-2022 3683 29.23 109.32
Meg Lanning (AUS) 2010-2023 3256 36.17 116.49
Stafanie Taylor (WI) 2008-2021 3121 35.87 101.00*
Sophie Devine (NZ) 2006-2022 2950 29.79 122
Harmanpreet Kaur (IND) 2009-2023 2940 28.26 106.43*

Most Wickets

Currently, the former West Indies bowler is leading the chart of most wickets in Women’s T20Is with 125 wickets to her name. She is followed by Nida Dar (121), Ellyse Perry (119), Shabnim Ismail (115), and Megan Schutt (114) who have the opportunity to breach the mark and become the leading wicket-getter. 

Player Span Mat Wkts Ave Econ
Anisa Mohammed (WI) 2008-2021 117 125 17.64 5.57
Nida Dar (PAK) 2010-2023 126 121 18.09 5.42
Elysse Perry (AUS) 2008-2023 133 119 19.11 5.85
Shabnim Ismail (SA) 2007-2023 107 115 18.8 5.76
Megan Schutt (AUS) 2013-2023 90 114 16.34 6.22

Most Matches as T20I Captain

Meg Lanning has been the most successful captain in Women’s cricket, having led the Australian side to several titles in her stint as skipper. She is on the verge of becoming the first player ever to captain 100 T20I matches across both Men and Women. She has captained 94 T20Is so far, and if Australia reaches the finals, then she’ll be able to reach the record number. 

Double of 3000 runs and 100 wickets

A double of 3000 runs and 100 wickets seems a big task in the game of cricket, especially in T20Is. However, Stafanie Taylor and Sophie Devine are on the verge of doing the impossible as they are close to achieving this feat. Currently, Taylor has 3121 runs and 98 wickets to her name, whereas Devine has 2950 runs and 110 wickets. They are most likely to breach the record in this competition, but it will be interesting to see who reaches it first in the ICC T20 World Cup 2023.


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Meeth Agrawal
Meeth Agrawal
A sports management student and a passionate cricket fan. With experience in content management in association with Gujarat Titans and Sharjah Warriors, I now aim to make a change in women's cricket.


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