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Players to look out for in 2021: Heather Knight

England's Heather Knight celebrates winning the World Cup in 2017
England's Heather Knight celebrates winning the World Cup in 2017
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Following in our series of ‘Players to look out for in 2021’, we are focussing on the rise and rise of the women’s game and England’s - Heather Knight.

Prior to 2010, you would have been lucky to find any Women’s cricket live streaming around the World.

How things have changed – Also, if you had chosen to ride your money on Women’s cricket before then, you would have probably been better off getting a guide to free spins no deposit 2021. However, the ICC and Cricket Boards around the World have worked hard to promote Women’s Cricket. The success of the ICC Women’s World T20I 2020 has also paved the way for women’s cricket to foresee a bright future ahead. It created a great following for the Women’s cricket, not only in the Western world but also the subcontinent.

One player that has grabbed a lot of attention in the recent years and, one of our players to look out for in 2021, is Heather Knight.

Earlier times

A bright student, she was once offered a place at the University of Cambridge to study natural sciences but she decided to turn it down in order to focus on cricket. Before making her International debut, she sparked bright in the domestic tournaments topping the run scoring chart in both 2008 and 2009.

These performances helped her get a maiden call up for the England side in the year 2010 as a replacement for Sarah Taylor. She scored 49 on her ODI debut and subsequently earned the call for the T20 and Test side.

Based on her consistent performances, Knight was crowned as the captain of the England Team in 2016.

From Knight to Legend

Captaining the England side in the 2017 women world cup campaign, she put on a world record of 213 runs for the 3rd wicket partnership with Natalie Sciver against Pakistan. She carried on her form from the group matches and performed spectacularly at the business end of the tournament. In the Final, at Lord’s, England defeated India by 9 runs. Following the feat, Knight was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours list.  Not only this, she was named in one of the five Wisden cricketers of the year in 2018.

Hitting the long ball

Heather Knight is known as a brilliant timer of the cricket ball and scores consistently at more than a run a ball. In WBBL06 , she tops the run charts for Sydney Thunder with 378 runs at a strike rate of 125.58. Her knock of 83 off just 39 balls against Adelaide Strikers Women team set the tone of the tournament and no wonder, she is a key player for Sydney Thunder in their quest for the WBBL title this year. She is definitely one of the key England players to look out for in 2021.

What’s coming in 2021:

Women’s cricket has become very exciting to watch over the years and even if you want to search out for a new list for casinos, remember to spare the time to watching the Heather Knight’s England women fighting it out in the upcoming women cricket tournaments.

The England women team are expected to play South Africa and New Zealand on the home soil in 2021 and it is going be an exciting summer. The news of England Women’s team qualifying for the Commonwealth Games 2022 has also just come out. With the World Cup also scheduled for 2022, there are bright days ahead for the women’s cricket. According to Heather Knight, “It’s incredibly exciting that we are going to take part in the Commonwealth Games on home soil. It’s an event I have often watched and I never really imagined I’d be taking part, so it really feels special.”

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