Young debutant, challenging boys
Sarah Taylor made her international debut at the age of 17 against India in a T-20 game at Northampton. In a career that lasts over 15 years, Sarah made millions of fans with her batting and extraordinary work behind the wickets. At her peak, she could have made it to many men's teams as a wicketkeeper. She played a lot of cricket with and against men in the Men's league and according to her, it helped her to strengthen her game. She is the only woman cricketer to play first-grade cricket in Adelaide.
Sarah Taylor finished with 6,533 international runs which rank her at number two in the all-time list. The first spot is still occupied by Charlotte Edwards. Her numbers in test cricket are not impressive but she loved the short format of the game. Taylor has 4,056 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 38.26 while her T-20 record reads 2,177 runs at 29.02. She has 7 ODI centuries against her name.
Gun behind the stumps
Sarah Taylor has 232 dismissals across formats in international cricket which is highest for any wicketkeeper in the women's game. There's a reason that she's believed to be one of the most talented wicketkeepers in the sports be it, men or women. The leg-side stumping while standing up to English seamers was one of the most pleasant sights of her on the field that fans are going to talk about for some time now.
Why she's leaving so early?
According to reports, Taylor is suffering from some anxiety issues. In a recent interview, she said "I couldn't handle being best because the only way was down". In recent years, she took frequent breaks to manage her problem but in the end, her anxiety got better out of her. After England's defeat in 2016 world T-20 in semifinals, she took a break from the game to manage her issues. She joined the 2017 women's ODI world cup squad only after a late call and once again, she was missing from the team in 2018 women's world T-20.
Top five innings of Sarah Taylor
101 Vs Australia at Chennai
An 18-year-old Sarah Taylor walked out to open the inning for England at the IIT Chemplast ground in Chennai against the arch-rivals Australia. The young girl took on bowlers like Cathryn Fitzpatrick, Shelley Nitschke, and Lisa Sthalekar and smashed them all around the park. Her inning consisted of 15 fours and the runs came off at a decent strike rate of 90 too.
147 Vs South Africa at Bristol
After taking some time off from the game, Taylor made a comeback at the 2017 ICC women's ODI world cup. Batting at number three against South Africa, she piled on a magnificent 147 off just 104 balls with the help of 24 fours. It was her partnership with Tammy Beaumont that led England to a massive total of 373 in 50 overs and they went on to win the game by 68 runs. This is her highest score in international cricket too.
74 Vs South Africa at Paarl
Talking about the highest score? The conversation is incomplete without mentioning her inning of 74 against South Africa at Paarl in 2016 before the women's world T-20. In an inning where none of the batswomen of her team could reach even 20, Sarah scored a magnificent 74 off 51 balls. Again, it was her inning that led her team to a spectacular victory. It was a T-20 game and 74 remains the highest score of Sarah Taylor in International T-20s.
120 Vs Australia at Chelmsford
After thrashing the Aussies by 9 wickets in the first game, England won the toss and elected to bat first in the second game at the women's Ashes, 2009. Sarah Taylor was coming off a spectacular 68 in the first game. She carried the confidence of the first game into second as well and smashed run a ball 120. Once again, Taylor stood tall where no one else could and England went on to win the game by 55 runs.
118 Vs South Africa at Hove
Sarah Taylor scored her last century at international level in 2018 against South Africa. It was the second ODI of South Africa's tour of England and the game was played as a part of ICC women's ODI championship. Once again, it was the partnership of Taylor and Beaumont that destroyed South Africa. Taylor went on to make 118 off 106 balls and England won the game by 69 runs. The game was pretty much like a deja vu for the people who followed the game where Taylor made 147 back in 2017.
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