After a year of one blistering knock after the other, Alyssa Healy was named the ICC Women's T20I Player of the Year for 2019. Here are some of the jaw-dropping numbers that defined the Australian wicket-keeper batter's year.
Carrying her terrific form from 2018, Alyssa Healy once again set the stage alight in 2019, creating a few records in the process. Here, we list some of them.
Highest score in women's T20I cricket – 148* off 61 balls
Healy had been in good form throughout when Sri Lanka toured Australia for three T20Is, having scored a rapid 43 in the first game and 21 in the second, but it was in the third that everything clicked for her. She looked dangerous right from the first over she faced, when she hit Achini Kulasuriya for a four and a six.
There was no looking back from there as she ruthlessly attacked every bowler, clearing the fence at the North Sydney Oval almost at will. That knock powered Australia to 226/2, and they won by 132 runs.
|Alyssa Healy (Aus)||Sri Lanka||148*||61||242.62||02/10/19|
|Meg Lanning (Aus)||England||133*||63||211.11||26/07/19|
|Sterre Kalis (Ned)||Germany||126*||76||165.78||27/06/19|
|Meg Lanning (Aus)||Ireland||126||65||193.84||27/03/14|
|Suzie Bates (NZ)||South Africa||124*||66||187.87||20/06/18|
Ruthless hitting – strike-rate of 173.02
Among batters who have scored at least 300 runs in a calendar year, no one has ever struck them at a faster rate in women's T20Is. Even the previous record was held by Healy herself, but that strike-rate of 145.95, at which she accumulated her 578 runs in 2018, was well overshadowed by her manic hitting this year.
|Alyssa Healy (AUS)||173.02||9||372||53.14||2019|
|Alyssa Healy (AUS)||145.95||17||578||41.28||2018|
|Meg Lanning (Aus)||145.34||17||625||52.08||2014|
|Chloe Tryon (SA)||144.23||18||300||23.07||2018|
|Sophie Devine (NZ)||144.2||16||473||31.53||2018|
Smashing it behind the stumps too! – 75 career dismissals
While her 148* was the record that hogged all the limelight, Healy had also scaled down a wicket-keeping milestone on that day. Her catch to dismiss Harshitha Madavi off Nicola Carey took her past England's Sarah Taylor's record tally of 74 dismissals in women's T20Is. With Taylor having retired in 2019, Healy has a chance to build on that lead.
|Alyssa Healy (Aus)||86||75||33||42|
|Sarah Taylor (Eng)||88||74||23||51|
|Merissa Aguilleira (WI)||85||70||36||34|
Consistency – an average of 53.14
What makes Healy's exploits this year so commendable is that despite that ground-breaking rate of scoring, she kept that level of performance up for remarkably long periods, as her average of over fifty shows. Among those who have scored at least 300 runs this year, only Fatuma Kibasu of Tanzania did so at a better average (54.00).
|Fatuma Kibasu (Tanzania)||54||10||324||1||2|
|Alyssa Healy (Aus)||53.14||9||372||1||1|
|Bismah Maroof (Pak)||46.62||11||373||0||3|
World's best WT20I opener? – 1181 runs at a strike-rate of 137.16
Since the start of 2014, when Healy was first promoted to the top of the order, only three batters – Suzie Bates, Mithali Raj and Smriti Mandhana – have scored more than her from opening positions. But T20 cricket is as much about strike-rate as it is about run-scoring and none of those players has struck at even 120, with Healy being the comfortable leader in that department. In 2019, only the Thai duo of Naruemol Chaiwai and Nattakan Chantam, and India's Smriti Mandhana made more runs from opening positions, although each of them played a lot more matches.
|Naruemol Chaiwai (Thi)||25||517||64*||25.85||80.78|
|Nattakan Chantam (Thi)||24||498||69*||29.29||90.38|
|Smriti Mandhana (Ind)||14||405||86||31.15||124.61|
|Alyssa Healy (Aus)||9||372||148*||53.14||173.02|
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