If one was to say that the first double ton in ODIs didn’t come from Sachin Tendulkar’s bat, not many will believe that. But surprisingly, the first double ton came a good 13 years before the Master Blaster got one, and it came through the bat of Aussie woman cricketer Belinda Clark.It was the women’s World Cup in 1997, and Australia were facing lowly Denmark at Mumbai. Clark was just too good on the day and smashed Danish bowlers all round the park. She finished at 229 runs from just 155 balls, that included 22 fours. Her innings took the Aussie total to 412/3, a record at that time.
Also, Clark’s innings was the highest individual score ever, before Rohit Sharma broke it with a 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014.
New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr then smashed an unbeaten 232 against Ireland this year to become the second double centurion in women’s cricket.
In the match, Aussies bowled out Denmark for just 49 runs, and won the match by 363 runs.
First Published: December 16, 2018, 1:39 AM IST