Want to be the first to score a century in Women's T20 Challenge: Deandra Dottin

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Want to be the first to score a century in Women's T20 Challenge: Deandra Dottin

Deandra Dottin crunches one through the off-side. © Getty Images

Deandra Dottin, the West Indies allrounder said that she wants to be the first player to score a hundred in the Women's T20 Challenge. The aggressive batter will turn out for the Smriti Mandhana-led Trailblazers in the tournament that begins on November 4, 2020.

"I'm looking to help Trailblazers to win the tournament and also, be the first to score a century in the competition," Dottin told ANI.

Dottin, one of the most destructive players in the women's circuit, became the first player to score a T20I hundred in women's cricket when she rattled South Africa in the 2010 T20 World Cup. The 29-year-old, who will be making her debut in the Women's T20 Challenge, said that she is excited to a part of the tournament.

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"I am very excited to be playing in the Women's T20 Challenge and also, for the Trailblazers. It's been a great effort from everyone - organisers, IPL and BCCI to pull off the tournament in UAE. As a player, we feel very lucky that we are getting an opportunity to play and enjoy our cricket."

Dottin will be playing alongside the likes of Jhulan Goswami, Deepti Sharma, Sophie Ecclestone, Salma Khatun and Thailand cricketer Nattakan Chantham. On playing under Mandhana, Dottin said that the southpaw is among the world's best players at the moment.

"I rank her (Mandhana) in the top five players in the world right now. To be honest, she's an excellent player, and she can take away the game in a flash. I would like to learn how not to get into trouble with having a lot of shots in my book," she said.

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Coming after a stellar run with the bat during the T20I series in England, Dottin felt that she might have an advantage over other players who haven't played in a while. "To be honest, I'll have a slight advantage. But cricket is played on the day, and things do happen. Whereas you can have a long break and come back playing like you never left, and that's in you. I don't expect rustiness from all players, but they might be some here and there," she added.

She believes that a women's version of the Indian Premier League is crucial for the growth of the sport. "I think Women's IPL is very very important to women's cricket as it shows the interest in women's cricket and growth. Of course, I'd love to play a global T20 league back home as well," she concluded.