Former Pakistan women’s team captain Sana Mir, on Monday, became the first Asian woman cricketer to feature in hundred T20 international matches. She achieved the milestone in Pakistan’s third and final T20I match against West Indies in Karachi. With the historic mark, she leapfrogged veteran Indian cricketers MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Shahid Afridi to join Shoaib Malik in an elite list.
Sana made her T20I debut against Ireland in 2009 and since then has missed only two matches for the country in the format owing to injury. After wearing her 100th T20I cap on Monday, Sana expressed her delight and revealed that it was a privilege to represent Pakistan for so long.
“Every match for Pakistan is a wonderful opportunity and a big responsibility. All I can say that I have been privileged to represent Pakistan for so long and have given my best in every match for my country with best of my ability,” Geo TV quoted Sana, as saying.
Sana became the sixth cricketer to appear in 100 T20I matches. The list is topped by Deandra Dottin of West Indies who has played 109 T20I matches. From Pakistan, only veteran men’s cricketer Malik has reached the 100-T20I mark having played 109 matches in the format. Afridi stands behind the two with 99 appearances. Next on the list stands three Indian players – Dhoni and Harmanpreet Kaur tied at 93 matches and Rohit with 89 appearances.
Sana played an important part in her 100th T20I appearance with two strikes and returning with figures of 2 for 21. Pakistan amassed a total of 150 for six at the end of 20 overs riding on Nida Dar’s knock of 53 off 40 laced by seven boundaries. Defending the tricky total at Karachi, the skipper bagged two wickets and Anam Amin recorded a figure of 3 for 34 as West Indies lost by 12 runs. The three-match series ended 2-1 in favour of the visitors.