Author: Abhishek Rajan
Sophie Devine has been put in charge of the New Zealand women’s cricket team for the next few months as the permanent captain Amy Satterthwaite is on a maternity leave.
Devine will lead New Zealand in the upcoming T20 World Cup, but before that, she will make her captaincy debut in the bilateral series against South Africa later this month.
The veteran all-rounder has played 185 international matches for New Zealand in a career which spans across almost a decade.
Devine has always been tipped as someone with the leadership qualities. She was one of the candidates to take over the captaincy when Suzie Bates stepped down in 2018.
However, the selectors went with Satterthwaite who has done a pretty decent job as captain in the last couple of years, but with her on a maternity leave now, Devine was an automatic choice.
Devine’s recent form in T20 cricket has been brilliant. In the recently concluded Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), she won the woman of the tournament award, scoring over 750 runs and grabbing 19 wickets in the 16 matches she played for Adelaide Strikers.
While Devine scored the most runs in the last WBBL, she was in top 5 in the list of leading-wicket takers as well. She would hope that she now carries her form in international cricket and leads New Zealand from the front in the T20 World Cup which will start next month in Australia.
“It’s something that you sort of dream of, isn’t it? I didn’t think it would happen during my cricket career.” Devine told the reporters after being named the New Zealand captain.
“I just want to continue to build on the fantastic work that both Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite have bought into the side and really driving the culture behind the team.” Devine added.
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