New Zealand’s female cricketer Sophie Devine made history by hitting a century on 36 balls in T-20. She has become the fastest female cricketer to score a century in T20 cricket. She has broken a 10 year old record. Earlier, Diandra Dottin of West Indies scored a century against South Africa in 2010 in 38 balls. At the same time, in 2018, Grace Harris of Australia scored a century off 42 balls while playing with the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).
Sophie is the captain of the Wellington Blaze team in the domestic tournament Super Smash. She scored an unbeaten 108 off 38 balls against Otago Sparks. While batting, she hit 9 sixes and as many fours. She completed her first 50 runs off 21 balls and the subsequent 50 runs off 14 balls. Otago gavr a target of 129 runs, which Wellington achieved in 8.4 overs.
Chris Gayle’s record of fastest century in T-20
The record of fastest century in T20 cricket is held by Chris Gayle of West Indies. He scored a century on 30 balls in the 2013 IPL. Then Gayle scored 175 for 66 balls against Pune Warriors while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Sophie also became the fastest T20 century player of New Zealand
Sophie has also become the player to score the fastest T20 century (women-men) in New Zealand. She overtook compatriot Tim Seifert of the men’s team. Tim scored a 40-ball century against Mount Auckland at Auckland in 2017 while playing for Northern District.
Devine was nervous before the match
After scoring a century, Devine said, “I was nervous before the match. Whenever you come back from a long break, there is doubt whether you will be able to come back or not. It was nice spending time on the field. For me, this century was like playing smart cricket. I knew where to play the shot. It was fun placing good shots on the field.”
All-rounder Sophie has played 108 ODIs and 94 International T20s for New Zealand. She has scored 2660 runs in ODIs at an average of 31.66 so far, while Sophie has 2447 runs in T20 at an average of 30.97.