New Zealand’s Sophie Devine breaks unique T20I world record
New Zealand’s skipper Sophie Devine entered into the T20I record books during her brilliant knock of hundred against South Africa at the Wellington Basin Reserve on Monday.
She became the first player – male or female to cross passed 50 in five successive Twenty20 internationals. She scored 105 in her side’s 69-run win over South Africa. It was also Devine’s first international century.
The 30-year old scored 54 not out, 61, 77 and 105 in the five-match series where New Zealand clinched a 3-1 series victory.
The Kiwi passed India’s Mithali Raj, Jamaican Chris Gayle and fellow wicket-keeper batsman Brendon McCullum; all of them managed to score four T20I 50s in a row.
Speaking after the match, an enthusiastic Devine said,
“In the last 12 months I have really challenged myself to be consistent with my performances.
“If I looked at my batting a couple of years ago I could have a match-winning contribution but I wasn’t as regular or often as I would have liked,” she added.
“To bring up a T20 hundred is a pretty special occasion but to have Suzie Bates out there, I remember being there for hers,” Devine said.
“To bring it up at the Basin Reserve is a moment I won’t forget. It was really nice to put on a really clinical performance with bat and ball,” Devine added.
“It could have been easy to cruise a little bit but we really wanted to make sure that we put our foot on their throat and not let up and to do that in pretty comprehensive style is pleasing,” she said.