There is so much hype about the World T20 all around the world. Cricket pundits are naming players that are expected to exhibit some wowing performances during the mega T20 event. But, there is hardly anyone paying a heed towards female cricketers, who are to play their World T20 event alongside the men’s. As Virat Kohli, Mohammad Amir or AB De Villiers are most talked aboit players in men’s cricket, there are also some immensely talented women participating in the tournament. Here are five women cricketers to watch out for in the World T20.
Pakistan has always given cricket fraternity some extraordinary cricketers without a solid domestic structure in the country. Bismah Maroof is an exciting talent. A world class batter, who idealizes Virat Kohli and has been Pakistan’s batting backbone since almost the day she debuted for her country. Women’s cricket structure in Pakistan is vulnerable, but still she ranks at no. 8 in the women’s T20 batters ranking. Her performance in the tournament will be crucial for Pakistan’s performance in the event.
Sarah Taylor is the English wicketkeeper batter; she is so good that she become the first woman to play in an A Grade match alongside men in Australia. She played for Northern District against Port Adelaide at Salisbury Oval. She coined that experience as ‘exciting’ and ‘nerve wrecking’. Taylor is currently ranked as no. 2 T20 batter. She averages 31.82 in the in the shortest format of the game with an impressive strike rate of 110.71. The 26 year old Sara is a natural stroke-maker and an extremely exciting player to watch.
India is a fertile land for batsmen, from Sunil Gavaskar to Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, they have given every generation exciting batting talents. A name that is often skipped among batting greats of India is of Mithali Raj. The Indian skipper averages 36.15 in twenty over games, which is huge! She has held many records; she is the only second woman cricketer to score 5000 runs in ODIs. The Indian lady was just 17 years old when she registered her first ton on her debut game. Mithali also held the record of the highest individual score in a test innings; scoring 214 runs against England in 2002. The record was later broken by Pakistan’s Kiran Balouch in 2004 when she scored 242 runs against the West Indies. Mithali Raj has been a miraculous performer for the women in blue. India will depend on her heavily.
Suzie Bates, the captain of New Zealand, is a key player for them. She opens the innings for Kiwis and can also bowl some extremely handy medium pacers. Suzie Bates has played 78 T20 internationals till now with a batting average of 26.63 and a bowling average of 22.48 having an economy of 6.64. Suzie Bates is currently ranked 3rd in the T20 batters ranking. Due to her strong built, Bates is very much capable of playing glory shots, which are not-so-common in women cricket. She has lifted Blackcaps’ women’s team to a whole new level. She will be a huge threat to opponents in the big tournament.
This Australian is a gem, a champion bowler and a wonderful batter. She was instrumental in Australia’s success in all formats of the game. She can rip off a batting line with the new ball at any time on any wicket. Plus, she is a proper batter with adequate batting technique technique. The lean framed Aussie is a powerful striker of the cricket ball. She averages 26.46 with the bat at a strike rate of 105.19. On the other hand, she is even more lethal with the ball in hand. The 25 year old Perry has a bowling average of 19.12 with an economy rate of as low as 5.73 in the hard hitting game of T20. World no. 3 bowler and world no. 15 batter will be a delight to watch in the World T20.