“I decided to go after everything,” were the words attributed to Deandra Dottin after her remarkable 38-ball century against South Africa in the 2010 World Twenty20. This incredible feat marked the fastest century in T20I cricket at the time, achieved by any cricketer, male or female. Dottin’s record still stands as the fastest century by a woman in this format.
Less than a year before this extraordinary performance, Dottin had already left her mark with a 22-ball half-century against Australia in the 2009 World Twenty20, setting the record as the fastest half-century by a woman in T20 cricket. It’s worth noting that this batting sensation had made her ODI and T20I debuts just a year prior, facing Ireland in June 2008.
Dottin’s contributions extend beyond her explosive batting; she has also made her mark as an occasional pace bowler, amassing 9 wickets at an impressive average of 13.55 during West Indies’ triumphant 2016 World Twenty20 campaign. Notably, she took figures of 2-33 in the final match of the tournament.