The top 5 best female cricket commentators in the world

Isa Guha is the best female cricket pundit in the world thanks to her superb commentary for the likes of Sky Sports and Channel Nine.

Five popular women commentators in cricket

Equality has improved massively in the last two decades and the best female cricket commentators in the world are now receiving great opportunities to showcase their talent on the biggest stages.

In fact, they have done a fantastic job and added a lot to the media and broadcasting side of the game. This is because they bring in a certain swagger and knowledge from their viewpoint.

The likes of Allison Mitchell also deserves a special mention on this list because of her work with BBC on Test Match Special.

So, who are the top 5?

5. Anjum Chopra

Mithali Raj, captain of the women’s cricket team, and former cricketer turned commentator Anjum Chopra (L) address a press conference regarding the ICC Women’s Championship in New Delhi on October 9, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images)

The former Indian batsman, Anjum Chopra is number five on this list. She scored nearly 3000 ODI runs during her playing career and is now an established commentator. She commentates on various gigs, including the Indian Premier League.

Chopra is also a motivational speaker and writer of the game. She is thought to be leading figurehead in women’s cricket in India, thanks to her experience and vast knowledge of the game.

Anjum Chopra is number five on our list of “Top 5 best female cricket commentators in the world.”

4. Melaine Jones

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 11: Mel Jones speaks during the launch of THE RECORD documentary by Amazon Prime featuring the Australian Women’s cricket team’s successful 2020 Cricket World Cup campaign, at Melbourne Cricket Ground on February 11, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images for Cricket Australia)

Featuring at number four on our list is Melanie Jones, who was born in England but represented Australia in international cricket. She scored over 1000 ODI runs for her country. She began to commentate in 2007, through the help of Cricket Australia.

Melaine Jones has commentated in both men’s and women’s cricket all around the world. This includes various T20 leagues across the world, including the Indian Premier League, The Women’s Big Bash League and even the Pakistan Super League.

Melanie Jones is number four on our list of “Top 5 best female cricket commentators in the world.”

 

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3. Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ebony Rainford-Brent regularly features for BBC Sport and Sky Sports as a female cricket commentator.
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 06: Former England player Ebony Rainford-Brent pictured on BBC Television commentator duty during the 2nd Vitality International Twenty20 match between England and Australia at The Ageas Bowl on September 06, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ebony Rainford-Brent only represented England for a short time period but she was a part of England Women’s victorious World Cup winning squad in 2009. She was also the first black woman to play for England and she features at number three.

Ebony has been a pundit and commentator for BBC Sport’s Test Match Special for a number of years. She also works for the Sky Sports Cricket team and recently joined Channel 4’s production team, for the India vs England Test Series.

Ebony Rainford-Brent is number three on our list of “Top 5 best female cricket commentators in the world.”

2. Lisa Sthalekar

ADELAIDE, VICTORIA – DECEMBER 23: (L-R) 7 Cricket commentators Abbey Gelmi and Lisa Sthalekar are pictured during the Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars Women’s Big Bash League Match at Adelaide Oval on December 23, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

In second place is Lisa Sthalekar. She was a prolific all-rounder in ODI cricket for Australia. In 125 ODI’s, she scored 2728 runs at a batting average of 31. Plus, she picked up 146 wickets at a bowling average of 25. She helped Australia win the 2010 World T20 in the Caribbean.

She has been commentating in the Indian Premier League for a number of years and also stars in the Women’s Big Bash League.

Lisa Sthalekar is number two on our list of “Top 5 best female cricket commentators in the world.”

 

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1. Isa Guha

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 26: Isa Guha looks on during day one of the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images/Getty Images)

In first place is Isa Guha, probably the most famous amongst all female commentators because she has been in the role for just over a decade. Isa Guha was a prolific bowler for England in all three formats of the game.

In test matches, she picked up 29 wickets in 8 games at a bowling average of 19. In ODI’s and T20I’s, she picked up 101 wickets and 18 games in 83 and 22 games respectively. Her bowling averages were 23 and 25 in those two formats. Also, she helped England win the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup.

Guha initially joined the Indian Premier League in 2012 with ITV and since has grown into the job, doing a fantastic job for a number of years. Currently she works for Sky Sports during the British Summer and then for Fox Sports during the Australian Summer. Her tone of voice and style of commentary is both passionate and knowledgeable.

Isa Guha is the best female cricket commentator in the world and of quite possibly of all-time.

 

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