Sophie Devine is a New Zealand double international sportswoman, who has represented New Zealand in both cricket as well as in field hockey. At present, she plays only cricket. She plays in the team as a frontline all-rounder along with Bates and Ammy Satterthwaite. She is also named deputy for Bates and represents white ferns in all forms of the game.
Her aim while growing was to represent white ferns in most of the sports, but cricket and hockey took precedence during her college days, where she used to play along with the boys. During her final year in college, Devine was awarded a ‘wicket’ for bagging the most number of wickets in the season – the same award that had been won by New Zealand fast bowler Mark Gillespie the previous year.
She was picked in the squad when she was 17. In 2006, she played her first ODI against Australia. The same year she also got a chance to play T20 against the same opposition. In the early phase of her career it apparently became a daunting task for her to give consistent performances and make the cut in the playing 11. This was the reason, Devine took almost four years to carve a permanent place in the national side. Commencing as a bowler, she’s improved her batting craft of lately. In fact, her batting became the strongest points for the team. Giving priority to batting doesn’t affect her bowling. She continues to play a vital role and gives her side an extra dimension with the ball.
Her transformation to genuine all-rounder has helped White Ferns most of the times at crucial stages. 2015 was indeed a breakthrough year for Devine as she scored a magnificent 145 against South Africa in the Women’s World Cup opener in India. By March 2016, she had also scored three fifties in T20Is. An all-rounder, senior team member and vice-captain, Sophie Devine has become an integral part of the New Zealand Women team along with Bates and Satterthwaite. To date, she has slammed 2800 + international runs and also has 115+ wickets. She plays for Adelaide strikers in WBBL. She has also represented Yorkshire diamonds in Kia super league.
Talking about her records, Devine holds a rare record of scoring the fastest fifty in Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20Is). The classy knock came off 18 balls against India at Bengaluru. She went on and finished with a 70 off 22 balls. Meanwhile, she continued to contribute the team as a right-arm pacer. A lot is expected of this big match player and she hardly disappoints.