The top 5 best female cricket bowlers in the world

Jess Jonassen and Megan Schutt are both on the list of the best female cricket bowlers in the world.

Who are the best bowlers in women’s cricket?

Batsmen or batswomen win you games. Bowlers win your tournaments. This is a common saying believed to be true by many experts within the cricketing fraternity. The best female cricket bowlers in the world are able to use a variety of skills to trouble top batsmen regularly. These skills include accuracy, pace, spin, swing, seam and bounce, depending on the type of bowler.

In this article, we will explore the top 5 bowlers in women’s cricket and analyse what makes them so successive. We will also look at their statistics and how they have helped their countries succeed.

5. Katherine Brunt

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 02: Katherine Brunt of England celebrates bowling Meg Lanning of Australia for LBW during the 1st Royal London Women’s ODI between England and Australia at Fischer County Ground on July 02, 2019 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Katherine Brunt features at number five on our list. She is the most experienced bowler out of all the players in the top 5. Brunt has played 125 ODIs and 89 T20Is for England Women. She has picked up 153 and 93 wickets in those two formats respectively. She is known for being a skiddy right-arm fast bowler, who generates pace off the surface. This means that the actual ball ends up being quicker than what most batsmen expect from her.

Katherine Brunt is number five on our list of “Top 5 best female cricket bowlers in the world.”

4. Poonam Yadav

Poonam Yadav is the best female cricket bowler from India.
India’s bowler Poonam Yadav bowls during the Twenty20 women’s World Cup cricket final match between Australia and India in Melbourne on March 8, 2020. (Photo by William WEST / AFP) / — IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE — (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

Poonam Yadav is number five on this list. She has played 50 ODIs and 69 T20Is for India Women. She has taken 72 and 95 wickets in those formats respectively at bowling averages of 23 and 15. Yadav bowls leg-spin and has a potent googly. Despite being short in stature, she is a fantastic bowler. Her economy rate for a spinner is very good, being 3.80 in ODIs and 5.65 in T20Is.

Poonam Yadav is number four on our list of “Top 5 best female cricket bowlers in the world.”


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3. Jess Jonassen

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 07: Jess Jonassen of Australia bowls the ball during game two of the International Women’s One Day International Series between Australia and Sri Lanka at Allan Border Field on October 07, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

Jess Jonassen is third on this list, having represented the Australian Women’s team for just under a decade. She made both her ODI debut and T20I debut in 2012. Her left-arm spin has proven to be vital to Australia’s success in the shorter formats of the game. In just 6 games, she picked up 10 wickets to help Australia win the 2020 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Overall, she has taken 109 ODI and 74 T20I wickets, both at a bowling average of 20.

Jess Jonassen is number three on our list of “Top 5 best female cricket bowlers in the world.”

2. Megan Schutt

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – MARCH 28: Megan Schutt of Australia bowls during game one of the International T20 series between New Zealand and Australia at Seddon Park on March 28, 2021 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

It could be argued that Megan Schutt, who is number two on our list, is the leader of the Australia Women’s bowling attack in limited-overs cricket. She has fantastic ODI numbers, having picked up 92 scalps in 62 games till date, at a bowling average of 23. Schutt has also taken 96 wickets in 73 T20Is, at a bowling average of 15. She was the first cricketer to take a hat-trick for Australia in a Women’s T20I. She also represents the Adelaide Strikers in the WBBL.

Megan Schutt is number two on our list of “Top 5 best female cricket bowlers in the world.”


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1. Shabnim Ismali

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 01: Shabnim Ismail of South Africa bowls during the ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup match between South Africa and Pakistan at Sydney Showground Stadium on March 01, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

In first place is Shabnim Ismali. She is a fiery South African athlete, who can clock speeds of up to 128 KPH or 80 miles per hour. Ismali is South Africa’s all-time highest wicket-taker in both Women’s ODI and Women’s T20I cricket. She has taken 150 wickets in just 106 ODIs and 110 T20I wickets in just 98 games. Her bowling averages of 21 and 19 in both formats are also excellent. Ismali takes the new ball for the South African Women in both formats of the game.

Shabnim Ismali is number one on our list of “Top 5 best female cricket bowlers in the world.”

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