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Harmanpreet Kaur To Lead Hayley, Athapaththu In Women’s T20I Team Of The Year 2023, Here’s Entire XI

image-lqmnl19tNat Sciver-Brunt had a dream year in 2023 (BCCI)

The year 2023 was glittered with a number of prominent T20I competitions in Women’s cricket. For starters, the year commenced with the high-profile T20 World Cup 2023 in February across three different South African venues. Later in September, as many as nine teams competed at the Asian Games in China’s Hangzhou.

Capping a remarkable year for Women’s T20I game, here at OneCricket, we constitute the best playing XI of the year, featuring some extraordinary talents from all across the world.

Women’s T20I Team Of The Year 2023

Hayley Matthews (West Indies)

West Indies opener Hayley Matthews produced 700 runs from just 14 innings to finish 2023 as the highest run-scorer of the year. Maintaining an astonishing average of 63.63, the cricketer listed 310 of those runs during her side’s three-match series against Australia in October, which included record-shattering 64-ball 132 at North Sydney.

Remarkably, Matthews also harvested 19 wickets through her right-arm off-breaks to emerge as a quintessential all-rounder of modern times.

Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa)

Dashing South African opener Laura Wolvaardt made 230 runs from just six innings to finish the 2023 T20 World Cup as its highest run-getter. Overall, she tallied 586 runs in the year at an impressive average of 45.07, with five half-centuries to her name.

Chamari Athapaththu (VC) (Sri Lanka)

Chamari Athapaththu’s ‘Player of the Tournament’ WBBL performance aside, the cricketer also led Sri Lanka to unprecedented heights across both white-ball formats. In T20Is in particular, the elegant left-hander scored 470 runs from just 16 innings, and led her team to the finals of the Asian Games against a strong Indian side.

Nat Sciver-Brunt (England)

English all-rounder Nat Sciver-Brunt scored 364 runs in just 10 innings, and listed 216 of them at the high-stakes 2023 T20 World Cup in South Africa in February. The 31-year-old also delivered crucial breakthroughs for her captain throughout the year with her accurate medium pace.

Harmanpreet Kaur (C) (India)

Charismatic Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur minted 364 runs throughout the year 2023 at an average of 33 while helming her team’s middle-order. Apart from leading the ‘Women in Blue’ to the semifinals of the 2023 T20 World Cup, the seasoned veteran also led her side to an emphatic win at the Asian Games in China, defeating Sri Lanka in a lop-sided final.

Amy Jones (wk) (England)

English wicketkeeper Amy Jones inflicted 14 dismissals, including three stumps, in just 14 games for her country in 2023. In addition to her wicketkeeping dexterity, the 30-year-old also scored 231 runs across 13 innings, which included a couple of blistering match-winning 40s at the 2023 T20 World Cup.

Nigar Sultana (Bangladesh)

Senior Bangladesh cricketer Nigar Sultana hammered 388 runs from just 17 innings for Bangladesh, all while batting in the middle-order for her side. She also led her side to a historic series-levelling performance in South Africa as their captain.

Sophie Ecclestone (England)

England left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone finished the 2023 T20 World Cup in South Africa as its highest wicket-taker. Apart from tallying 11 wickets in the competition, Ecclestone also snared wickets throughout the remainder of the year to finish with 23 scalps.

Megan Schutt (Australia)

Australian pace veteran Megan Schutt bagged 21 wickets from just 14 games of the year, at an impressive average of below 16. The cricketer also emerged as the most successful fast bowler of the 2023 T20 World Cup, with 10 wickets to her name.

Inoka Ranaweera (Sri Lanka)

Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera collected 20 wickets in the year to emerge as one of the leading wicket-takers among member nations in 2023. Her spell of 3-18 against South Africa at the 2023 T20 World Cup gifted Sri Lanka a memorable three-run victory to launch their campaign on a winning note.

Arlene Kelly (Ireland)

Irish fast bowler Arlene Kelly, having made her T20I debut just a year ago, collected 19 of her 40 career wickets in 2023 itself. The speedster achieved the feat in just 11 innings, while maintaining an impressive average of 11.73.