West Indian Deandra Dottin is a player who has made herself synonymous with power hitting and big sixes, and her runs helped her side reach the final of the Women's World Cup for the first time in February.
They were comprehensively beaten by Australia, but Dottin then played important knocks during One-Day and Twenty20 International series wins in Sri Lanka. Now, she is hoping to add more consistency to her game to become an even better player.
During the tour of Sri Lanka, she became the first West Indian to play in 50 Twenty20 Internationals, and she made history by becoming the first woman to hit a Twenty20 International century in 2010.
Speaking at a gala reception held for the West Indies Women, where she won the Flying In The Face Of The Ordinary (FITFOO) award, Dottin said:
"I think this was an incredible gesture by the WICB," she said. "We have all been working very hard. We have come a long way and we have more steps to take. We are willing to take it a step higher and are working hard to become number one and not number two.
"The last few months have been a good experience for the team and for me. I have been working very hard. I set a few goals for the World Cup and I have been aiming for a higher level of consistency with my batting, but I did not get all the scores I wanted. There is still more to be done and I am looking forward to the challenge."
Nevertheless, Dottin wants the team to improve and singles out her own performances as one area needing attention.
"We are rapidly improving, but we are disappointed that we were unable to make the Caribbean proud and win the World Cup.
"I was also disappointed, knowing I was one of the players in terms of batting upon whom we were depending," she said. "Things just did not work out the way I wanted, but we are all still very proud of what we achieved at the tournament.
“It feels really good to know so many people think so highly of me. It also feels good to know that playing against other teams that I am batter that they fear the most. It’s a good feeling and I try to use it to give my team the upper hand."
Dottin is currently resting after suffering an injury to her left hand during the trip to Sri Lanka but plans to step up her training in the next few weeks in her bid to become a more reliable performer for her national side.
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