Legendary Australian Women’s cricketer Meg Lanning recently decided to hang up her boots after serving the nation for 13 long years. Shockingly, she has decided to call time on her decorated and glorious international career at just 31. The most successful captain in the history of international cricket (both male and female), Lanning, ended her career with several top-notch records to her name. We look at a few of those in this specific article related to her stellar achievements.
Let’s take a look at the top five records of Meg Lanning across formats:
1) Five World Cup Titles
Lanning won five World Cup trophies as a captain for her side in her illustrious career. This includes four T20 World Cups (2014, 2018, 2020, and 2023) and one ODI WC (2022). No other skipper (male or female) has even managed to win more than two WC titles. Notably, the Aussies are the current holders of both the ODI and T20 WCs.
2) Highest run-getter for Australia across formats
Lanning is the leading run-getter for the Australians in international cricket with 8352 runs to her name. The right-handed batter, who made her debut by featuring in a T20 international against New Zealand in 2010, has struck 3405 runs in the shortest international format. Lanning amassed 4602 runs in the 50-over format while she managed to hit 345 runs in the longest format of the game.
3) Most centuries across formats
Meg Lanning has hammered the most hundred (17) across formats, which is the most by any woman. Charlotte Edwards and Suzie Bates are tied in the second position for smashing 13 centuries. 15 of those Lanning’s tons
came in the one-day international format, which is also the most by a player in this format. Only New Zealand’s Suzie Bates has ten or more hundred (12) in the 50-over format.
4) Most ODI hundred while chasing
Lanning has slammed ten centuries while chasing in the one-day international format, which is the most by any player. She has managed to muster 2625 runs in 55 innings at an average of 65.62 while chasing. The 31-year-old top-order batter has also hit 12 half-centuries with the highest score of 156*. New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite is second on the list with five tons under her belt.
5) Fastest ODI hundred
Lanning also holds the record for smashing the fastest-ever century in ODI cricket. She achieved the special feat in just 45 deliveries against New Zealand at North Sydney Oval, Sydney in 2012. She struck 103 off 50 with the help of 18 fours and three maximums that also helped her side in chasing down a target of 178 in 21.2 overs. Australia’s Karen Rolton is second in the list for her 57-ball ton against South Africa in 2000/01.