Pakistan cricketer Nida Dar has entered the record books by becoming the first player-male or female- in the history of Pakistan cricket to take 100 T20I wickets. Dar reached the milestone after picking the wicket of Deandra Dottin in the first T20 match against West Indies in North Sound. She now has the highest number of T20I wickets by a Pakistani player under her belt.
During the same game, in a quest to surpass the benchmark of 100 T20I wickets, she also claimed the wicket of Stefanie Taylor to push her tally to 101 wickets. Apart from her, only four other women’s cricketers namely Anisa Mohammed, Ellyse Perry, Shabnim Ismail and Anya Shrubsole have picked more wickets than her in T20Is.
“Definitely there was a lot of hard work behind this milestone,” Dar said after the game, in which Pakistan lost by 10 runs. “I always had this in mind to complete 100 wickets as quickly as possible. I had a chance in the previous series but unfortunately couldn’t do it. But this time made sure I will try my best in this series against West Indies and I am feeling great by getting this in the very first game. Sadly, the game didn’t finish in our favour and it could have been a lot better if we won the game. Anyway, next time I will try to win the game from my performance.”
As far Pakistan cricket is concerned, Shahid Afridi has the second most wickets in the T20Is. He has 98 wickets to his name. Among women cricketers, player Sana Mir (89) is the second-highest wicket-taker behind Dar, with Sadia Yousuf (57) at third.
“This is no mean achievement and is a testimony of the hard work and dedication Nida has put in over the years,” Wasim Khan, the PCB CEO, said.
“It is a great moment not only for her but the whole nation as she is also the first Asian woman bowler to record this landmark. Nida is an icon and inspiration to millions of young girls who are passionate about cricket and follow the game,” he said.