Stafanie Roxann TaylorAll Rounder
National SideWest Indies
Date of Birth6/11/1991
Place of BirthJamaica
Batting StyleRight-hand Bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm off break
Taylor is the current captain of West Indies cricket team in all forms of the game. Taylor broke into the West Indies team when she was 17, and immediately inserted herself as a key member. With her hard hitting abilities she is known as a T20 specialist. She is also a regular member of the WBBL franchise Sydney Thunder since the inaugural season performing exceptionally well in the tournament.
The dashing opener was selected as the 2011 ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year – the first West Indian to receive the accolade. She was also named as ICC Women’s ODI cricketer of the year in 2012 along with ICC Women’s T20 Cricketer of the year in 2015. In the 2016 World Twenty20, she was the highest run-scorer and was named the player of the tournament which led her team win their maiden T20 World Cup. In December 2017, she was named as one of the players in the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year.
Stafanie Taylor made her international debut for West Indies in 2008 as a 17-year-old and immediately made her mark. She struck a belligerent 90 off just 49 balls against Ireland in her first T20I. It is still the West Indian record for the highest score on T20I debut and second-highest overall. She followed it with her first ODI half century in the very next game against the same opposition.
The Jamaica born player then played in the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2009, finishing as West Indies’ best batter with 121 runs. She also chipped in with the ball, picking up three wickets.
A prolific run-scorer, Taylor continued her form and scored the most runs for the West Indies in the T20 World Cup in 2010, when they made a semi-final exit. Later in the year, she hit her then ODI-best 147 against Netherlands, which was just her second ton in ODIs. In 2011, the ICC named her the Women’s Cricketer of the Year and she became the first from West Indies to win it.
An impressive run in 2011 with the bat in ODIs where she scored over 500 runs at an average over 53 earned her yet another ICC accolade – the Women’s ODI Player of the Year in 2012. In the following year, in the Women’s World Cup in India, Taylor smashed 171 against Sri Lanka, showing her capabilities at the big stage and making her career best ODI score. West Indies were the runners-up in that competition with Taylor second-highest scorer in the tournament.
Taylor continued to impress experts and fans alike with her stroke-play, scoring most runs for her side in the T20 World Cup 2014, including hitting two half centuries. On expected lines, she was named the captain of West Indies in 2015, a mantle that Merissa Aguilleira had held for the longest time.
In her first ICC tournament as captain – the 2016 T20 World Cup – Taylor led West Indies to the title, dethroning Australia from the position. She starred in the run-chase, hitting 59 and stitching a 120-run opening stand with Hayley Matthews to hunt down 149. She ended up scoring the most runs in the tournament as well – 246.
Since then, she had ably led the side, even though at times, West Indies seem just a one-woman side. Taylor has handled the expectations and burden of the side well, doing well to not let it affect her form.
Ahead of the home T20 World Cup in 2018, West Indies didn’t have the best of runs in T20I, losing six of the ten games they played. But admirably, Taylor turned things around to lead the side into the semi-final. They beat South Africa and England on the way, before falling short against Australia. Taylor didn’t have the best of runs with the bat but she picked up eight wickets in the competition. She also led West Indies in the T20 World Cup in 2020, where they couldn’t go past the group stage.
While West Indies’, at times, over-reliance on Taylor is an open secret, her ability to withstand the pressure and carry the side well is commendable.
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