Women cricket has grown leaps and bounds in the past decade and its importance is now acknowledged by most pundits and administrators of the game. As a result, apart from ICC tournaments, bilateral female tours are also becoming more frequent.
We also see that the two top T20 leagues – the IPL and the BBL, already have a female version of the tournament (IPL gave it a miss this year due to COVID situation). Taking cue, the brand new England-based league tournament – the Hundred will also conduct the female and male versions of its competition simultanously. This will go a great deal in harvesting female cricketing talent in India, Australia and England, but these leagues also provide an opportunity for emerging talent from other countries such as New Zealand, South Africa, Sri lanka and West Indies to get more international exposure.
Presenting the first ever social media rankings for women cricketers
To celebrate this growing prominence of women’s cricket and cricketers, we are launching the first social media ranking for women’s cricketers. This monthly ranking will track the social media following of all international female cricketers and publish a list of top-25 women cricketers every month. The players with maximum aggregate followers on three prominent social media channels – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, will top the rankings. In the inaugural ranking, follower data from social media channels of these players was captured between 11 and 16 May 2021.
Indian star Smriti Mandhana comfortably tops the list
The list of top-25 women cricketers on social media is dominated by Indian women, as they capture the top three slots as well as 11 of the top-25 places. Here the key highlights:
- Indian batting sensation Smriti Mandhana tops the rankings with more than 10.6 million followers from Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. She derives more than 50% of her followers from Facebook.
- Test captain for India Mithali Raj took the second place with 5.9 million followers, and the limited overs captain Harmanpreet Kaur took the third place with 3.7 million followers.
- Fourth place surprisingly goes to Jahanara Alam, the bowler from Bangladesh who also plays for the Velocity franchise in the IPL . She has 2.0 million followers, ~95% of which are from Facebook.
- Australian Allrounder Ellyse Perry, who plays for Sydney Sixers in the BBL and is slated to play for Birmingham Phoenix Franchise in the hundred league, is placed at number five on the list with 1.8 million followers.
- Two more Indian players – Sushma Verma (#7) and Veda Krishnamurthy (#8), and three Pakistani players – Bismah Maroof (#6), Sana Mir (#9) and Javeria Khan (#10), complete the top-10.
- Overall in the list of top-25 players we find that there are 11 players from India, five from Pakistan, four from Australia, two each from England and Sri Lanka and one from Bangladesh.
- We also note that for 14 of the 25 players, Facebook is the channel from where they get more than 50% of their followers. At the same time, 13 of the 25 players get less than 10% of their followers from Twitter.
For detailed top-25 listing, please visit the rankings page.
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