The eighth edition of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup came to an end on 26 February as Australia clinched their sixth title by defeating South Africa in the final by 19 runs. The tournament featured several star cricketers who lit up the competition with their marvellous performances. Both batters and bowlers gave their all in the field and enthralled the audience with a scintillating display of cricket.
The 2023 edition of the T20 World Cup also featured a unique performance which has only been recorded once before in the prestigious tournament. In the 15-year-long history of the tournament, there have been only two occasions when the players have scored 100-plus runs and picked up 10 wickets in a single edition of the Women’s T20 World Cup.
1. Deandra Dottin
West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin was the first player to achieve the unique feat in the 2018 edition of the tournament. She ended up scoring 121 runs in five matches at an average of 24.20 and picked up 10 wickets at an average of 7.70.
The Barbados-born cricketer bowled an incredible spell of 5/5 in 3.4 overs against Bangladesh, the best-ever bowling figures in the history of the tournament. She also scored a magnificent 49 off 35 balls in the third group game against Sri Lanka to help her team post the total of 187/5 in the first innings.
Dottin further scored 46 off 52 balls in the fourth group stage game to help her side chase down the total of 116 against England.
2. Ashleigh Gardner
Australian all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner became the second player to achieve the unique feat of over 100 runs and 10 wickets in the recently concluded ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. She scored 110 runs in six innings at an average of 36.66 and picked up 10 wickets at an average of 12.50.
Gardner registered the best bowling figures of the edition with her spell of 5/12 in three overs against New Zealand, her career-best bowling performance. The 25-year-old also played a brilliant cameo of 31 off 18 balls in the semi-final against India to propel her team’s total to 172 at the end of their innings. She once again played a vital knock of 29 off 21 balls in the final helping her side post 156 in the summit clash. Gardner was awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ for her marvellous all-round show throughout the tournament.