Lanning cricket’s anonymous superstar
IF MEG Lanning gets off the mark in Australia’s World Cup semi- final against India tonight, she will reach 3000 ODI runs.
Providing she doesn’t chalk up a dreaded duck, she will hit the milestone from 63 matches and with a strike rate of 95.81. The feat includes 11 centuries and as many 50s, but there could very well be one more by the end of the upcoming innings, such is her prolific nature.
She will be the second fastest cricketer to reach the mark behind Hashim Amla and has done it in just six and a half years.
But Lanning could walk down the street in Australia and barely turn a head. One of the greatest cricketers in the world right now enjoys a low profile, even in her home country, and a country that she captains.
“If she were a man, if she was in a different country, if she was an Indian man, it would be completely different,” former Australian cricketer and now commentator Mel Jones said.
At 25, Lanning has already earned nearly every honour. This World Cup is the only title she hasn’t won as captain.