ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020: 5 bowlers likely to end as top wicket-takers for their teams
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup - Interview with Thailand's Chanida Sutthiruang
The batters have struggled in the warm-up games and it is already beginning to seem that the 2020 edition will be the bowler's World Cup.
Megan Schutt (Australia)
Pacer Megan Schutt is most popularly known for her feat of becoming the first woman to claim two white ball hat-tricks. She is the number one ranked bowler in T20Is and is expected to end at the top of the wickets tally for Australia in the ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2020.
In her 61-match T20I career, Schutt has picked up 76 wickets at 16.01 and has an economy of under six. The 27-year-old picked up five wickets from five games in the recently concluded T20I tri-series contested by Australia, India and England.
She represented Adelaide Strikers in the 5th edition of the Women's Big Bash League and picked up 15 wickets from 16 games.
Poonam Yadav (India)
At 28, Indian leg-spinner Poonam Yadav has already been awarded with the country's prestigious Arjuna award, given to outstanding sports personalities. Now, this should already tell you something about the tweaker.
If that's not enough, Poonam is the highest wicket-taker for India in T20Is with 85 wickets in 62 matches. The spinner was the joint leading wicket-taker from India with eight dismissals in five matches in the ICC World T20 in 2018.
India will be relying heavily on their spin quartet to bring them success in Australia and Poonam will be leading the pack. Poonam has the ability to bowl in the PowerPlay and does a great job of tossing up the ball, which generally brings her wickets - heaps of them.
Katherine Brunt (England)
It has been multiple times now that Katherine Brunt has considered walking away from the game but has decided against it. The greatest pacer that the England Eves have produced, Brunt has been plagued by injuries throughout her career. In fact, a back injury during the 2013-14 Ashes may have proved career threatening had Brunt not bounced back with full force.
The Barnsley-born was the team's top wicket-taker in T20Is in 2019 with 15 wickets from 9 games at an average of 14.80, with best figures of 3/17. She hit her straps right away in the warm-up games and produced a game-changing effort of 3/23 against New Zealand.
Chanida Sutthiruang (Thailand)
Pacer Chanida Sutthiruang has been a constant feature of the Thailand woman team's and has been part of the playing XI through most of their upswing. In fact, since Sutthiruang made her senior debut in 2012, she has never missed a game for the team.
She was named the ICC Emerging Player of the Year for her key role in her team's qualification for the World Cup, where she picked up 12 wickets in five matches, bowling at an economy rate of 4.16.
Unlike most Thai players, the 26-year-old has a sizeable experience behind her back, with her talent being honed in the cricketing academies in Thailand. Sutthiruang, who has been Thailand's leading bowler for the past seven years, is expected to fetch the most wickets for them in this tournament as well.
Shabnim Ismail (South Africa)
Right-arm medium-pacer Shabnim Ismail is the only South African bowler to find a place in the top 10 bowler rankings in T20Is. Ismail is placed at the second spot just behind Megan Schutt and has been a vital cog for the South African team for several years now.
With a rich experience of 88 T20Is, she has picked up 94 wickets for the side at 18.89. The pacers was named the South African sportswoman of the year in 2015 and ended as the team's top wicket-taker in T20Is in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
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