New Zealand Women’s team captain Suzie Bates becomes 8th women cricketer from the nation to play 100 ODIs. Suzie reached this landmark during the 6th match of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 between New Zealand Women and South Africa Women. Suzie became 8th Kiwi Women cricketer to play 100 ODIs after Sara McGlashan, Nicola Browne, Debbie Hockley, Haidee Tiffen, Rebecca Rolls, Aimee Watkins and Emily Drumm. Overall, She is the 26th women cricketer to do so.
Suzie made her ODI debut back in 2006 against India Women at Lincoln. Two years later, Suzie represented New Zealand Women in basketball in 2008 Beijing Olympics but moved back to cricket in 2009. She received Player of the Year award in 2016 in ODIs and T20Is. She was also the leading run-scorer in ICC Women’s World Cup 2013.
Speaking to ICC, Suzie still feels a bit like 18-year old kid and said, “I hope I have matured. I still have a bit of the 18-year-old kid in me. I think, I just have a little bit more perspective. When I started leading the team (in 2011), I probably didn’t have lot of things outside of cricket. When it didn’t go well, it was terrible. When it did, you thought you were on the top of the world.”
With 3,598 runs and 72 wickets in ODIs, Suzie is an inspirational leader for New Zealand Women. Suzie further opened up on his memories as an 18-year old girl by saying, “As an 18-year-old, I remember being pretty excited just to play the likes of Rebecca Rolls and Emily Drumm. I never thought I would play this long. I was at university and cricket was a bit of a hobby,. The first game, I think, is always the most memorable because you are just so excited; you can’t quite believe you are out there playing for your country.”