PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Veteran West Indies Women off-spinner Anisa Mohammed says she will always relish the achievement of becoming the first bowler to take 100 wickets in Twenty20 Internationals.
The 27-year-old, who made her debut as a 15-year-old and has already played 93 One-Day Internationals and 86 T20Is, reached the landmark in the Windies Women’s opening game of the Twenty20 World Cup against Pakistan Women in Chennai last month.
Mohammed grabbed three for 25 from her four overs as the Caribbean side remarkably defended a paltry 103 to win by four runs.
“I know people say men are better than women but I just proved women can achieve great feats too,” she said.
“I’m the first player to take 100 wickets in T20, I have played in eight World Cups – three 50 overs and five T20s. I could now say to my children and grandchildren that I was part of the team that won a World Cup.”
Mohammed played every single game as the Windies Women lost just once en route to reaching the final of the recent competition.
In the final in Kolkata, they produced a sublime performance to down three-time defending champions Australia Women by eight wickets, and capture their first ever T20 World Cup title.
Mohammed said her teammates had defied the odds in beating the Aussies, who had been installed as heavy favourites prior to the final.
“It is a great feeling to finally win a World Cup and beat Australia, mighty Australia,” she said.
“Up until that day the odds were against us but we went out there and we showed the world that we are champions as well.”
A former vice-captain, Mohammed is one of the most experienced players in the squad, along with captain Stafanie Taylor and Deandra Dottin.
And though she is nearing 15 years in the game, Mohammed said she was still highly motivated to perform.
“Well a lot of people have been asking me how are you so consistent and I say to all of them that sports is a funny thing and you don’t know when it will be your last game,” she stressed.
“Everyone remembers the last thing you do so I always try to better my last performance and I always try to make it my best performance.”