The veteran England women cricketer Sarah Taylor recently celebrated her 31st birthday. She was an essential member of English cricket team and played crucial roles behind the ODI World Cup and T20 World Cup triumphs in 2009.
Known for her free-flowing stroke play, Sarah was also a member of the England team which retained the Ashes in Australia in 2008. Being a wicket-keeper, Sarah achieved several record feats in her career.
In ODIs, she has 136 dismissals to her name in 126 games – second best after Trisha Chetty (157) from South Africa. Sarah is at the second spot In the shortest format as well. She has dismissed 74 batters (23 catches, 51 stumpings) in 90 matches.
In September 2019, Sarah announced her retirement from all forms of international cricket. Overall, she finished her international career with 6533 runs, including seven ODI centuries. She also ended up at 232 international dismissals – most by any wicket-keeper in women’s cricket.
Recently, Sarah reacted on a video of her where she can be seen practising wicket-keeping. A player throws two balls at the same time at the former keeper, and she grabs them pretty quickly. Then Sarah tosses the balls in the air with both hands at the same time to catch it again. But she couldn’t pick any of the balls as they fall down; she ended up dropping both the balls.
While reacting to the video, Sarah couldn’t control her laughter and said it’s a shame that she didn’t catch them on the way down.
Shame I didn't catch them on the way down 🤦🏼♀️😂 https://t.co/svVqLhIGVt
— Sarah Taylor (@Sarah_Taylor30) June 29, 2020
The London-born women cricketer won the prestigious ICC Women’s T20I Cricketer of the Year award for three times – 2012, 2013 and 2018. In the year 2014, Sarah was honoured with ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year recognition.
Lots of fans are not aware of the interesting fact that Sarah was the first woman to play men’s grade cricket in Australia. In 2015, she had appeared as wicket-keeper for Northern Districts against Port Adelaide at Salisbury Oval in South Australia’s premier men’s competition.