ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: 5 batters likely to end as top-scorers for their teams
While Smriti Mandhana and Bismah Maroof will carry their country's hopes on their shoulders, Danni Wyatt will be crucial for England's fortunes.
Danni Wyatt (England)
Danni Wyatt scored the most runs for England in 2019 in T20Is. Her opening partnership with Amy Jones was one of the major reasons why England, who had an average score of 142.5 in 2017 and 2018, now score 155 on an average.
In 2019, Wyatt scored 422 runs from 13 matches at an average of 35.16 and a strike rate of 129.05. During this while, she struck four half-centuries with the best of 81. Wyatt has been one of the most impactful performers for England in the last couple of years.
She also scored 468 runs for Melbourne Renegades from just 14 innings in WBBL 5 at an average of 39 and a strike rate of over 130. The opener has a sizable experience of the Australian conditions.
Smriti Mandhana (India)
Just like Wyatt has been the top-scorer for England, Smriti Mandhana has been the highest scorer for India in T20Is in 2019. In fact, she has scored the most runs for the team since the 2018 World Cup.
Mandhana scored 621 runs from 19 T20Is in 2019 at an average of 34.50 and a strike rate of 128.57. She struck six half-centuries last year with the best of 86.
The left-hander's strokeplay is inspired by the Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara and she reminds India's women's team coach W V Raman of Sourav Ganguly. Just like the two biggies, Mandhana has been extremely successful in the top order and forms a formidable combination with Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues and Harmanpreet Kaur.
The opener is coming off a successful women's tri-series where she smoked 216 runs at a strike rate of over 135.
Bismah Maroof (Pakistan)
In the absence of former skipper Sana Mir, the entire onus of the Pakistan team falls on the shoulders of Bismah Maroof. She scored the most runs for Pakistan last year in T20Is with 459 runs from just 14 innings at an average of 440.
It was courtesy of her stirling performances that Maroof took over the team's captaincy from Sana Mir after the T20 World Cup in 2016. Maroof first played for Pakistan as a 15-year-old and took giant strides to establish herself in the team.
Alyssa Healy (Australia)
After acing the game last year, Alyssa Healy's form has dipped a bit at the heels of the T20 World Cup. In the five matches that Australia have played in February, the highest that she has managed is 9. However, with a player of her quality, getting back into form is probably a matter of time.
Alyssa Healy was stellar in 2019 and scored at an average of close to 55. Her 372 runs from just nine innings came at a mind boggling strike rate of 173.02. This also included her unbeaten 148 run-knock against Sri Lanka that came off just 68 balls and smashed several records.
Healy scored her runs at 29.46 and a strike rate 155.69 in the last edition of the Women's Big Bash League. She was the second-highest scorer for Sydney Sixers behind Ellyse Perry.
Suzie Bates (New Zealand)
Suzie bates has been sensational for the White Ferns in recent times. In the warm-up game against Thailand, she struck 78 off just 47 deliveries at a strike rate of 165, including 8 fours and 2 sixes.
From two practice games, she has already scored 111 runs at an average of over 55 and a strike rate of over 130. Bates will partner Sophie Devine to take New Zealand forward.
She was among the runs in the country's last series against South Africa as well where she scored 237 runs from 7 innings at an average of close to 60 and a strike rate of 85.
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